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Healing Spices by Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD


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Recipe of the Month...

Za'atar-Tomato Appetizer


Put those garden fresh tomatoes to work and maybe try something new in the form to sumac. The taste is zesty, slight sour and makes za'atar the perfect seasoning to jazz up the perfect tomato.


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Quote of the Month...

When we lose, I eat. When we win, I eat. I also eat when we're rained out.


--Tommy Lasorda

Former manager of the LA Dodgers

Questions and answers...

Q: I live in an apartment in S. CA. and have a small garden. There are small green caterpillars (aprox. an inch in length) attacking my tomatoes, lavender, watermelon, and lemon thyme. Although, it is not attacking any other plants yet. During my internet research all I keep seeing is information on the hornworm. This green caterpillar has no horns on it. It does have a faint white line down its back and blends very well under the leafs. Is there anything you can recommend to rid this pest without using pesticides? Thank you much. DR

A: You might want to look into "cabbage loopers." The best control for these or hornworms is to simply handpick them off the plants. It's creepy, I know, wear gloves. Be sure to check the undersides of leaves for eggs, too, as that's where both of these creatures like to lay them.





Q: I'm growing my 1st plant ever, basil, in a clay pot. I neglected watering it and the leaves were droopy and I watered it as soon as I noticed it. Then it poured rain the next day and now my plant has dark brown spots on the tops of the leaves. My plant also gets alot of sunlight. The leaves are still a healthy dark green color and smell great. Can me and my guinea pig still eat these leaves? Will these leaves recover or should I pinch them off? It kind looks like they are sunburnt but I also read it could also be that the leaves don't like to get wet? Help please. VP

A: The leaves won't recover but they are still edible. Just pinch them off at the closest leaf pair section on the stems. I would tear off the brown spots just to make them more palatable.

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Q: Where can I buy JD Magic seasoning? JW

A: I am not familiar with this brand and it doesn't seem to be available online anywhere. I did find a recipe to make your own at

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