Categories : Herb of the Month
SWEET BAY

by Barbara Porsch Sweet bay is the familiar laurel in Greek and Roman mythology and history. It was dedicated to Apollo, the sun god, and boughs of the tree were circled into crowns to decorate war heroes, athletes, poets and scholars and was used as a part of weddings and funerals. The term baccalaureate comes from ‘earning laurels’ meaning honor and praise. In the 1600s, Nicholas Culpeper an English herbalist, botanist, physician and astrologer not only recommended sweet bay fo Continue Reading...

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PARSLEY

  By Master Gardener Herb Enthusiast Barbara Porsch   We haven’t talked about parsley in a long time, so let’s talk about parsley this month. It is without a doubt, the most used and least eaten herb in the world. It is always used as a plate garnish and then promptly scraped off with the remains. “But wait… There is more.” Eat the parsley on your plate. It is like a vitamin pill; rich in vitamins A, C, and B and is a good sou Continue Reading...

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LAVENDER

By Barbara Porsch Herb enthusiast In flower language, lavender means devotion. So what better herb to talk about right before Valentine’s Day than lavender, Lavandula spp. Lavender has a long history. In the Bible, it was called spikenard, and before Passover, Mary used pure oil of nard to anoint Jesus’ feet. The Egyptians used it in their mummification process, and residue of lavender was found in the pyramids. From the Egyptians, the Greeks learned about p Continue Reading...

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CALENDULA

Barbara Porsch – Herb Enthusiast I decided to talk about Calendula -Calendula officianalis - this month because IF you can find it, now is a good time to plant it in your garden.  For years, I tried to get it to sell at our plant sale. Finally soaked in that now is the time to plant it – not spring. And, yes, I have seen it in local nurseries recently. A couple of years ago, at Christmas I went to a lovely nursery in Tomball called Arbor Gate and found some. Continue Reading...

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SAGE

November By Barbara Porsch – Herb Enthusiast Guess why I chose Sage. Of course, it is because this is the month for Thanksgiving and no other herb is associated with that holiday more than Sage in the dressing for the Thanksgiving turkey. The name of sage, Salvia, comes from the Latin salveo, “I am well”. Many moons ago, during the days of the great herbalists, Sage was used to treat all ailments and thought to prolong life itself. Sage was known and valued by both the Greeks and the Roman Continue Reading...

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BASIL

October--Herb of the Month By Barbara Porsch—Herb Enthusiast   I am choosing Basil as the herb of the month now as a warning to use as much of your Basil as possible before the first frost.  Basil will be the first herb to succumb to even a little frost.  Basil, Ocimum basilicum, has been cultivated in Europe for 2000 years and there are at least 200 different varieties. It is a culinary herb in the  Lamiaceae (mint) family.   It has been thought to be poisonous, good for the heart Continue Reading...

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LEMONGRASS

September Herb of the Month-Lemongrass.Cybopogon citratus By Barbara Porsch—Herb Enthusiast   Lemongrass, a tender perennial, is an aromatic clump grass with bulbous stems with a growth pattern similar to pampas grass. The foliage is strongly lemon scented and can be utilized as well as the white slender bulb close to the base. In fact, lemongrass is related to citronella and also repels mosquitoes, flies and fleas. Known as xa in Vietnam, ta krai in Thailand and sereh in Indonesia Continue Reading...

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MINT

Herb of the Month By Barbara Porsch—Herb Enthusiast   Mint is returning in full force, especially if you made the mistake of planting it in the ground. The only drawback to growing mint is that it is a rampant spreader and must be restricted. Mint was selected as Herb of the Year in 1998. It is one of the oldest recorded herbs. There are biblical references to paying taxes with mint leaves. The old herbalists used it for treatment of many ailments. There are so many varieties of mi Continue Reading...

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CHIVES

Herb of the Month by Barbara Porsch—Herb Enthusiast   Bon appetit magazine hit the nail on the head when they said “More than just a garnish, chives are the breakout star of the onion family, awakening every dish they touch.” Onion chives, Allium schoenoprasum, and Garlic Chives, Allium tuberosum, are hardy perennials that can be grown in full sun to partial shade. Onion Chives have tubular leaves and pink or purple pom pom type flowers in spring and early summer. Garlic Chives hav Continue Reading...

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ARUGULA LETTUCE

Herb of the Month By Barbara Porsch—Herb Enthusiast The strong, peppery and nutty flavored greens found in fancy salad mixes are called Arugula. However in Renee’s Garden seed catalog, arugula is listed among the herbs. So I am justified in using it as an herb of the month. In its native home of Southern Europe, arugula is also called rocket or roquette. There are two varieties known as arugula. (Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativa) and the wild, rustic variety named Diplotaxis tenuifolia ‘Sylve Continue Reading...

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