Herbs and things

Hosted by joeyjoan K
Group active since Thu, Jul 01, 2010

I have an old sail boat that was no longer sea worthy so a few yrs bac I turned it into a herb garden. I put the staples in there like basil, and oregeno. Each yr I try and put some new and exotic herb in there. So at the end of the season I have questions about harvesting and other uses. Herb books are bland and less then helpful most of the time.
So I am starting this group in hopes that other will join me in discussing what they have planted this year and how they plan to use them.
Also spice's I want to know about all the different spices and there uses. As of late I have been creating spice blends of my own,and I would like to learn more.
So please join me and lets talk herb and spices the start of what makes everything taste so good

Sharon Colyer
Apr 8, 2016

Different Types of Basil

There are many varieties of basil, sweet basil (common basil) (Ocimum basilicum) has dark green leaves is the most common. It has a spicy aroma with a sweet clove-like taste. Aside from the other varieties mentioned below, there are also several different cultivars of this basic, common variety of basil, each with slightly different aromas.

Bush or Dwarf basil (O. b. minimum) has a spicy lemon odor aroma and is slightly bitter. This is also very common as a pot herb.

The difference between what your husband remembers and what you have recently purchased may be the above two varieties.
(Dried basil (and most dried herbs) are very different in aroma and flavor then the fresh leaves.)

Some other varieties of basil:
• Large pale green lettuce-leafed basil (O. b. crispum)
• Lemon basil (O. b. americanum or O. b. citriodorum)
• Licorice or anise basil
• Opal and purple basil
• Also: Thai basil, East Indian basil, Puerto Rican basil, Cuban basil, Aussie sweet basil, Baja basil, Italian basil, etc.

Each has its own unique scent - fennel, tarragon, citron, gingerish, clove-mint, etc.

Here is an excellent reference on Basil and its different aromas/flavors and an explanation of the aroma components, including photos of the leaves of many varieties: www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/Ocim_bas.html

Chef James, FoodReference.com

Melanie B
Jun 19, 2014



Have you heard of this? The lady at the farm told me about it. I think I may get some and try it out.

Toni T
Feb 24, 2014

Good Reference Tool


This book has been a favorite of mine for years!! Check it out.

sallye bates
Jul 8, 2013


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Sharon Neas
Jul 1, 2013

Lemon Thyme & Mint

I have an over abundance of lemon thyme & mint this summer due to all the rain we have been having. Does anyone have any suggesitons about how to use these herbs. My pantry is full of mint jelly but am looking for other options to make use of these herbs.

Terry Prescott
Apr 28, 2013

gardening: tomatoes and herbs

I am new to the group. Last year I planted basil, Rosemary and parsley. They all did well. Do they come up again or do I plant every year. I want to plant things I use in stuffing this year: sage, thyme. Are there any secrets I need to know about planting herbs? Also want to try to plant tomatoes again. I heard big boys are the best kind...anyone give me any hints on how to be successful with tomatoes? I love using herbs in cooking and love homegrown tomatoes. I am really interested in this group to learn as much as I can and to share information back and forth.

kathy ryder
Apr 8, 2013

what herbs go w/ pork

any special herbs for marinating or good for pork/ THANKS

joeyjoan K
Apr 2, 2013

The best answer I could find

This is as close to an answer as I could get about the SP