A Treat For The Senses

Plant an herb garden. Your eyes, tongue and nose will thank you for it.
Herbs have been cultivated for 5,000 years, both for their culinary and medicinal properties.

A well-designed herb garden smells wonderful and looks beautiful. The butterflies attracted to it are a colorful bonus. Fresh-grown herbs greatly enhance the flavors in your cooking, and if they are at hand you’ll learn new ways to use them. If I don’t have flowers in my cutting garden, I trim some of my rosemary or lavender branches to use as a fragrant, green bouquet.

Humans have gathered and grown culinary and medicinal herbs over thousands of years. Garlic and onions, for example, have been in cultivation since 3000 B.C. Garlic doesn’t produce seeds and appears to be unknown in the wild; onion seeds were found in the Egyptian pyramids.

American colonists brought their indispensable herbs to the New World. Think about how limited their luggage must have been because of the small size of the ships they sailed in. The fact that they made room for their essential herbs, both plants and seeds, for their new homes is noteworthy.

Read the entire article in the April 2007 issue