Apart from the fact that Americans call them 'urbs', one of the most annoying things about herbs is their collective reluctance to grow properly when you plant them in your back garden or window box. More to the point, who can actually be bothered with all that digging, potting and planting malarkey? It's all a bit hippie-ish for hi-tech web surfers like us, isn't it? The trouble is, no kitchen is complete without a good supply of fresh herbs.
With this troublesome dilemma in mind, herbologists (of course they exist!) have devised the truly ingenious Herb in a Tin range. To coin a phrase, they do exactly what they say on the tin, because each smart little container contains everything you need to grow your own delicious herbs: seeds, nutrients - the lot. All you have to do is tug off the ring-pull lid and add water.
This whole hassle-free process can be performed in less time than it takes to say 'Ocimum basilicum/Origanum vulgare' (basil/oregano), and after a few months you'll be able to pluck the tasty leaves from your very own aromatic plant.
Having fresh herbs to hand is, well, handy. And it's particularly satisfying when you've grown and nurtured them yourself. You'll wonder how you ever managed without them. Indeed, Jamie Oliver has confessed to being 'totally doolally' about the green, flavoursome little blighters - and we know what he means. Can you imagine bruschetta without basil or sauces without sage? If you can, you don't know what you're missing!
Herbs in a Tin make highly original gifts for anyone who enjoys cooking. And they're so easy to grow even a horticultural half-wit can achieve Titchmarsh-style results. We're currently selling basil, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme, so the only problem you'll have is choosing your favourite herbaceous order.