Author(s): Penny Woodward
The term 'Asian herbs and vegetables' describes a wide array of plants that are grown by Asian people and used by them in varying ways in what is loosely known as 'Asian cuisine'. The demand for Asian ingredients, including herbs and vegetables, has grown in the last ten years for several reasons. Ethnic diversity has increased. There has also been a greater emphasis on healthy foods, and the desire for added variety or something 'new' now drives many consumer choices. The purpose of this book is to introduce people from Western backgrounds to some of these 'new' herbs and vegetables and their associated panoply of new flavours, textures, shapes and scents. This book makes it possible to identify and grow these herbs and vegetables and suggests some of the ways they can be used.