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The noble bay

Laurus nobilis is the botanical name for sweet bay or Grecian laurel. Laurus is the Latin word for bay tree and nobilis refers to renowned. The early Greeks weaved crowns of bay leaves called laurel...

 

Herb legends of Christmastide!

There are many legends about herbs and the roles they played in the Christmas story. We will explore some of these charming tales in this column. I hope they will add a new dimension to your celebrati...

 

Shiso, Zisu or Kkaennip

Any one of these names will do! Shiso is Japanese, Zisu is Chinese and Kkaennip is what the Koreans call this very versatile herb. I find it to be beautiful, tasty and unusual in flavor. I think you...

 

Does Your Cat Like a Nip?

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a member of the mint family and often called catmint. It contains nepetalactone isomers which intoxicate some cats when they smell it. They roll in it to release the...

 

Coriander or Cilantro?

Coriandrum sativum is the mysterious plant that yields leaves called cilantro, and coriander seeds. These names are often used interchangeably causing much confusion. The roots like the other plant pa...

 

Preserving Edible Herbs

There are a variety of ways to preserve and store edible herbs, but let us take a step back. Some important things can be said about harvesting that will provide herbs of high quality. Early morning...

 

Lovely Lavender

The name lavender is from the Latin word meaning to wash. The Greeks and Romans bathed and perfumed their bodies with lavender soap and oil. They refreshed their homes and repelled insects with urns f...

 

Comely Costmary

It was nice to meet many of you column readers at this month's First Friday herb event. I decide to write this column because I found out that costmary is somewhat unknown. That is not surprising beca...

 

Herb legends of Christmastide

There are many legends about herbs and the roles they played in the Christmas story. We will explore some of these charming tales in this column. I hope they will add a new dimension to your...

 

Herbs for a Thanksgiving Feast!

Frosty fall has crashed in on us once again, preparing us for the warmth and serenity of a Thanksgiving feast. The aroma of sage and thyme drift through the home where a traditional turkey and...

 

Pineapple sage is for the birds!

This herb is definitely for hummingbirds, but bird watchers as well as gardeners seeking brilliant fall color and a delectable pineapple scent will enjoy it too. Pineapple sage (salvia elegans) fills...

 

King of herbs!

Basil (Ocimum Basilicum) was deemed “king of herbs” in ancient times. Basilius is the Greek word for king. It was likely brought to Greece from India where it was, and still is revered and used in Hindu religious ceremonies. The French call it...

 

Rosemary on my mind

Shakespeare’s Ophelia tells us that “rosemary is for remembrance” and over time it has come to be known as such. It is given in the hope that you will be thought about or to signify that someone is on your mind. Did Ophelia mean remembrance or...

 

Savor savory!

There are more than thirty varieties of savories. We will explore the two plants most commonly grown. They are satureja montana (winter savory), and satureja hortensis (summer savory). Both have a peppery- thyme flavor, but the winter savory is...

 

Herb companions in your garden?

I am delighted to have this opportunity to share my passion for herbs and their eatin’, curin’ and smellin’ benefits. Join me monthly as we explore these amazingly beneficial plants. We will start with some companionable herbs. They will turn...

 

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