Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Herbs in My Garden

Last year my mother-in-law gave me a basil plant and somehow I ended up with a dill plant, although I can't remember where it came from. It was really my first foray into herbs. Looking back, the dill just frightened me. I couldn't seem to use it fast enough. The basil, on the other hand, was a joy. I don't think anything tastes better than fresh pesto.

This year our CSA was selling herbs as a fundraiser. We came home with basil, thyme, mint, parsley and chives. I'm very excited. To prevent the plants from getting leggy, I'll keep harvesting regularly and just throw what I'm not using into the freezer to use later. I found this method of storage works so well.

Yesterday, inpsired by someone at our CSA, we cut sprigs off the mint plant, put them in a large glass and filled it with water. I let it sit for a while and then added ice. The result was a refreshing iced tea like drink. My daughters weren't impressed but both of my sons loved it. I liked it too.


Harmonia said...

Herbs as a fundraiser? Nifty! If you haven't signed up over at the Vegginout forums...we would love to have you there! I would love you to help with the Herb & Spice Board we have and any others that might interest you...

Katie said...

I've been meaning to check out Vegginout forums. I'm heading over there now.