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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Featured Learning Garden Crop: Herbs

An herb is any plant used for its flavor, scent, medicinal, or other qualities other than its food value. Although many automatically associate the word "herb" with "leaf," herbs come from a variety of plant parts, including leaves, roots, stems, barks, flowers, seeds, resins, and berries.

We grew
THREE herbs in our garden this year.

Can you identify the TWO herbs in the picture to the right?

HINT: One is usually used when making pickles; the other is often used in Italian cooking.

Can you remember the
ONE other herb we grew, seen here with our cantaloupe sorbet (left)?

HINT: This herb makes your mouth feel cool (no sorbet necessary!)

The answers are below!

Can you think of any other herbs or spices we used this summer?


The two herbs in the top photo are basil (light green leaves) and dill (wispy green leaves and little yellow flower heads). The herb in the bottom photo is mint.

Other herbs and spices we used: chives, cilantro, cumin, curry (contains a number of spices), ginger, pepper, and thyme.

Media (text and image) created and published by Rebekah Carter 2010.

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