February was a busy month as usual here at Herbs HQ and this is because we have two exciting pieces of news to share with you.

We are very proud to announce that Vitacress, our parent company, has won the Best Environmental Initiative Award for its peat-free salad cress at the Grower of the Year awards, which took place on the 25th February. The Grower of the Year awards are the Oscars of the horticulture world, so we were very excited to receive this award!

Our salad cress is now being grown on a completely natural wood pulp which is better for the environment as it reduces carbon emissions and means our cress lasts for longer.

We were also a finalist in the Best New Variety category at the awards for our Isabella Basil. If you’re a fan of the subtle aniseed flavour in basil, you will love our Isabella Basil which has a more pronounced anise flavour than regular basil and was created exclusively as Tesco’s first Finest herb.

In other news, our herb nursery in Runcton, West Sussex has also had some eager new visitors this month. We were very pleased to welcome a local primary school as part of the Farm to Fork trail we hosted with the Tesco Eat Happy Project. 32 children spent the day learning about how fresh herbs are grown and their uses. They spent some time potting their own herbs, doing taste tests and even some cooking!

Although this was the first school to have visited our nursery, we are looking forward to welcoming more schools in the future to our different herb, salad and tomato sites. We hope that helping children understand more about their food and where it comes from will allow them to make healthier decisions in the future.

February was a great month for us at Vitacress. We’re looking forward to making March and the rest of the year just as exciting.