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What's not to like about growing your own herbs? They provide a host of benefits as they are used for therapeutic, medicinal and culinary purposes. Not to mention that many varieties possess aromatic and decorative properties that can be quite an attraction used as an accent plant or focal point in your garden. We try to grow all of our herbs as close to organically as possible so you can feel good about the food you are growing for your family. Our experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly staff is always on hand to assist you and are always eager to answer any questions you may have.
2018 HERB SELECTION:
PELARGONIUM (SCENTED GERANIUM)
TAGETES LUCIDA (ROOTBEER PLANT)
Leaves and flowers are excellent for tea. The flowers are edible flowers and good in salads.
Arugula most often lands on your salad plate, and that's fine. But this bright and peppery has a flavor that lends itself to dishes beyond salad -- pastas, pestos and pizza toppings, to name a few.
The most common use of basil is for cooking, such as in tomato sauce, pesto, or vinegars. But it also can be sprinkled over salads and sliced tomatoes, either whole or chopped. Actually, don’t chop the leaves, but tear them instead for the most flavor.
In foods, borage is eaten in salads and soups.
Caraway seed is known for its flavor in rye bread, and it is used to flavor cakes, biscuits, cheese, carrot and potato dishes.
Catnip leaves and flowers can trigger chemicals in a cat's brain that lead to bouts of energetic euphoria or laid-back laziness.
Dried flowers are used for making chamomile tea.
Similar to parsley except that it has small white flowers when growing. It also has a different flavor and is slightly peppery.
From the onion, leeks and garlic family. They can be added to omelets, quiche, potato dishes.
Adored by many, loathed by some, cilantro can be used in countless ways to enhance chilly winter days with a tasty dose of nutrition. It has an earthy aroma and adds a fresh and sweet dimension of flavor to vegetable and fruit salsas and sauces.
A popular pickling herb, it is also commonly used to flavor fish.
Crunchy and slightly sweet, adding a refreshing contribution to the ever popular Mediterranean cuisine.
Cooking with Horehound is usually done to produce healing horehound candies. The herb plant is also used for different ways, like a tea or tonic beverage.
Used in soaps, shampoos, and sachets for scenting clothes.
Lemon balm makes a wonderful iced tea. Not only does it taste great, it works with our bodies to lower our body temperature.
Lemongrass is an essential ingredient in Thai cooking.
Use lemon verbena in recipes in place of lemon zest.
One of the best soup herbs, lovage is the leaf to simmer in broth with the usual onions, carrots and bay leaf.
The herb has the delicate sweet-flavor and mildly pungent (spicy) taste comparatively milder than oregano.
Indoors, you can use it to deodorize a room, wake up your skin, freshen your breath, create delicious hot (and cold) teas, lend zest to vegetable dishes, and spruce up otherwise-ordinary salads, juices, spreads, fruits, etc. And outdoors — in the vegetable garden — mint's highly aromatic foliage acts to repel ants, white cabbage moths, and other pests.
The bright and sunny flowers are great for salads and the leaves are a natural antibiotic.
Oregano is well known as the "pizza herb", and is widely used in Mexican and Italian cookery. Both fresh and dried material can be used.
Parsley leaves and root are high in iron content and rich in vitamins A, B, C and trace minerals. It also adds color and aids digestion of the foods we eat.
All scented geraniums have fragrant leaves and the essential oils. Fresh or dried leaves can be used in a number of ways.
Pennyroyal Tea is an old-fashioned remedy for colds and menstrual derangements.
Rosemary is a popular herb with aromatic leaves used in seasoning of foods and also in aromatherapy, and has numerous health benefits.
A common condiment for Mediterranean dishes, specifically Italian foods. It is generally used in marinades for meat, fish, pork sausage, lamb and even vegetables like peas, eggplants, lima beans and carrots. It is the perfect seasoning for poultry.
Salad burnet is an herb that tastes like cucumber. Leaves can be tossed into salads or used on sandwiches. They make a nice addition to cold drinks, like lemonade and wine spritzers. Use salad burnet to flavor dips and vinegars. Toss leaves into soups, eggs and other hot dishes at the last minute.
Summer savory is a fast growing companion plant to onions and beans. Summer Savory is related to Winter Savory, which has a stronger flavor and is less preferred in cooking due to its bitterness. Not only added to stuffings, pork pies and sausages as a wholesome seasoning, but sprigs of it, fresh, may be boiled with broad beans and green peas, in the same manner as mint. It is also boiled with dried peas in making pea-soup.
Fresh or dried leaves are used to flavor vinegars, herb butters, bean dishes, creamy soups, and tea.
The leaves may be puréed in soups and sauces or added to salads; they have a flavour that is similar to kiwifruit or sour wild strawberries.
A natural, calorie-free sweetener approximately 200 to 300 times as sweet as sugar!
When prepared as a mild tea Tagetes Lucida is commonly used (in Mexico) to calm upset stomachs, soothe nerves, and treat hangovers.
Used as an insect repellent. Toxic if consumed in large doses.
Tarragon is a bittersweet herb used in egg and cheese dishes, goes well with fish, meat soups and stews.
Thyme is one of the most widely used and versatile herbs in the culinary arts. It pairs well with lamb, poultry, tomatoes and lemon. The aromatic flavor of thyme complements Southern Italian sauces of hot peppers and eggplants, as well as being a primary herb in soups and stews.
Please note that this is a general list. Some varieties may be out of stock or may not be listed. Always call to verify.
Patchouli is a member of the mint family and can be used for aromatherapy purposes as well as medicinal purposes. Patchouli can be used to treat mild skin irritations, and is known for its bug deterring properties.