Used for their aroma, culinary taste or medicinal properties, these plants have been cultivated since the Middle Ages.
Perfume plants are mainly grown for use in perfumery and cosmetics. Their essence does not always diffuse naturally, and may require some preparations. They can be used for their leaves, their stems, their roots, or their bulbs.
Sometimes referred to as “herbs”, aromatic plants include edible plants with scented foliage that enhance the taste of dishes. Some are also used in herbal teas with beneficial properties.
Called “simple” in medieval times, medicinal plants are plants or parts of plants, used either in dried form or in the fresh state, and having medicinal properties.