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Any soft-stemmed, aromatic plant used fresh or dried to flavour and garnish dishes, and sometimes for medicinal effects. Not clearly distinguished from spices, except that herbs are usually the leaves or the whole of the plant while spices are only part of the plant, commonly the seeds, or sometimes the roots or rhizomes.

A pot herb is any plant with stalks and leaves that can be boiled as a vegetable or used in soups and stews (in larger amounts than herbs used for flavouring).

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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