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H is for Herbs
For the past couple of years, my mom has bought me an herb starter kit—and I've grown a lot of sage, thyme, parsley, basil and even cilantro. But no matter what I do, I can't seem to grow rosemary. That herb is tricky. I'm giving it another shot this year....cross your fingers for me, please!
By definition, herbs are plants used for food, flavouring, medicine, or perfume. We used the herbs I grew for food. There is nothing like roasted chicken, drizzled with canola oil and sprinkled with thyme, sage, and rosemary (which we took from Grandma's herb garden.)
I haven’t done it myself, but I know some people also grow herbs for medicinal properties, or for their aromatic qualities. (My grandma, for example, has lavender in her garden because she says it smells pretty, but also because it keeps the deer from eating her flowers! Who knew?)
On the flip side, TOO much of an herb (just like pretty much anything) can be toxic. So, even though sage grows wild, you shouldn’t pick it—or any plant—without an adult to confirm that you are picking the safe herb.
If you have an herb garden, maybe you want to try cooking with herbs—or at least canola. <grin>
Looking for great, kid-friendly recipes? You should check out TASTING MY STORY—part cookbook, part adventure, part mystery, this is one of my favourite books in the Superman Duffy series of graphic novels. Scroll up to remind yourself how you can WIN it, along with the 15 other books in the series.
Gotta jet! See you tomorrow for the letter "I."
~ Chase Superman Duffy
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