The women leading a herbal revival
From rosemary water and lemon-balm tea to chervil soup and bay ice-cream, botanical flavours are set to dominate our kitchens, boosted by the success of Britain’s female-led herb farms. At Halzephron on the Lizard Peninsula (www.halzherb.com), a mother-and-daughter team produce chutneys and preserves from their home-grown herbs, while Lindsey Anderson, who owns the Little Herb Farm in St Andrews (www.thelittleherbfarm.co.uk), makes superb artisanal vinegars. If you’re a budding horticulturalist, book a masterclass with Jekka Mcvicar, dubbed the ‘queen of herbs’ for her 650-strong collection. frances hedges Jekka’s Herb Farm classes (www.jekkasherbfarm.com) take place in March and April.