Ounce for ounce, herbs and spices have more antioxidants than any other food group. ~Michael Greger
My container herb garden is really coming on strong. And I am using these herbs in my cooking. I grow those I use the most. So Italian parsley, Greek oregano, spearmint, peppermint, sage and thyme are the culinary herbs growing in this garden. I used to grow basil and dill until I found I had a food sensitivity to them.
And with the prolific growth of the herbs, this is two bags of peppermint, I have to think of how I will preserve them.
Italian parsley will be frozen.
Mint can be frozen or dried. I’ll dry peppermint for tea and freeze spearmint to use in salads. The spearmint this year is growing like crazy with cosmos seeds growing through it.
Oregano (in picture at top of post) will likely be dried, and sage (growing with thyme) frozen so I can use it when I need fresh herbs for soup and other dishes.
And thyme, well I don’t grow enough to use much so I let it get big enough to flower profusely for the pollinators who love it.
I also have been making my own spice concoctions/rubs as it is hard to get premade spice combos that don’t have herbs and spices I cannot eat. I use lots of dried organic herbs for a poultry seasoning and Herbs de Provence which we use in so many dishes. Dried rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, marjoram, savory, coriander, fennel and lavender depending on the recipe.
I found a few recipes I liked, and played around with them. I purchase most of my organic dried herbs in bulk. With my small garden I couldn’t possibly grow enough herbs to dry and use. And I finally bought a spice grinder. I like that it came with a removable cord and a little brush to clean up under the blade. And it is easy to use.
My vase this week is a sweet little vase using the leaves from N’joy pothos…love the green and white leaves.
Seed heads from nigella and some of the continuously blooming nasturtiums.
With this week’s lovely vase, I am linking in to the wonderful meme, In A Vase On Monday, at Rambling in the Garden.
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