A perennial herb from the mint family, lemon balm has a soft citrus fragrance; more cosy and less pungent than lemongrass or lemon verbena. It adds a lovely sharp-sweet note to all sorts of dishes – from tea, syrup and cordial, to a fragrant herb butter for melting over fish, chicken or greens. You could even chuck a handful in the bath for a relaxing aromatic soak!.
Simon Weir grows organic herbs on the idyllic Turf Croft Farm, near the village of Burley in the New Forest. He has been farming there for over 30 years. In the summer months, with the help of some polytunnels, Simon and his team can grow broad range of fantastically flavoursome organic herbs.