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Caution with comfrey!

Comfrey, (Symphytum officinalis) is an ancient perennial herb. The Romans called it conferva meaning, "join together." This refers to its ability to heal bone fractures and skin wounds. There are...

 

Herb and spice blends

For our final venture into spice land we will explore blends. These are dried mixes that combine spices with herbs. Some are commonly used and others may surprise you. I hope they all will tickle your...

 

Christmas past and present

We will compare today's Christmas meal with the celebratory feast that Christ and his loved ones might have eaten. It will be interesting to see the comparative use of herbs and spices as well as the...

 

Thyme for taste!

Thymus is an herb with several hundred species. You can fill your garden with thyme plants that look, smell and taste different from one another. Thymus vulgaris, (garden thyme) is the standard for...

 

Valerian or Jupiter's Beard?

It is not easy for a plant to remain popular when it smells so bad that it is nicknamed "Phu". Valerian (valeriana officinalis of the valerianaceae plant family) is just such a "survivor". The fetid...

 

Hateful horehound?

There are very few herb plants that I can't easily give away. White horehound (marrubium vulgare) is one of these! It is scorned and considered a weed by those who do not know of its historical and...

 

Sage or sagebrush for dinner?

The answer is emphatically not sagebrush! This bush is in fact not salvia (sage) at all but an artemisia. The misnomer is probably because the scent is similar. I have not found an explanation for thi...

 

Unique basils

In September 2015 we covered several commonly grown basils. This time around we will talk about some new varieties of Ocimum Basilicum that have distinctive qualities. I hope this information will...

 

Herb snips

Many herbs grow naturally and go unnoticed in Tehachapi because they blend into the landscape and we have become accustomed to their subtle beauty. We are unacquainted with their history and myriad us...

 

Tangy tarragon

Tangy is the perfect descriptive word for French tarragon! It tastes like anise, pepper, licorice, mint and pine. The botanical name, artemisia dracunculus var. sativa, is the plant to buy. It has a...

 

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