For the Love of Herbs

We had a little bit nicer weather this week and so I figured I might be safe to plant the herbs that I bought a couple weeks ago.  If we have another hard frost I guess I’ll just place buckets over them…

I’ve enjoyed herbs for awhile, probably for as long as I’ve loved sheep, and have had an herb garden with basic culinary herbs and a few others like lemon balm and lavender as well.  I hardly ever cook without adding one or two of them to a dish.  My favorite is Rosemary, which pairs very nicely with roasted potatoes and lamb 🙂

There are so many different uses for herbs, I’m pretty sure the possibilities are endless.  One of these days I would like to try my hand at making tinctures and poultices.

Here is a new one I added to my repertoire, sorrel.

“Makes real nourishing soup.”  Name that movie 🙂

Do you have any suggestions of uses for herbs?

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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.

12 Responses to For the Love of Herbs

  1. Lyndsey says:

    I always throw a handful of fresh hens in my salad. My favorites are cilantro, mint, & dill.

  2. My favourite herbs are Cilantro (Coriander here in Europe) ,Cumin, Basel, and native Southern California Cleveland Sage and California Bay tree leaves. There is a certain something with fresh as opposed to dried herbs.

  3. Sally says:

    Nothing you can buy in the grocery store will taste like home grown (fresh or dried) sage or basil. I grow garlic, shallots, chives, basil (different kinds) sage, rosemary and sometimes oregano. Dill is another favorite.
    You can add a small amount of dill (I use just a tiny pinch) to green beans or English peas when boiling them. It enhances their flavor.

  4. Savannah says:

    Milly: “It’s my wedding bouquet.”
    Adam: “Sorrel?”
    Milly: “Makes real nourishing soup.”

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Love that movie!

  5. Tammie says:

    For those of you who keep bees, grow some mountain mint, also called holy mint. In mid summer this mint has lots of blooms that the bees love. The mountain mint has a distinctive menthol smell that will really open up your lungs. We have not had to medicate our bees for over 10 years.

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  7. audio design says:

    I grow garlic, onion, rosemary and sometimes oregano. Dill is another favorite…You can add a small amount of dill to green beans or English peas when boiling them. It enhances their flavor.