$7.25 – $19.60
Dedicated to the Greek goddess Persephone, parsley was valued for medicinal purposes and folk magic well before it was incorporated into European cuisine in the middle ages. Romans used it as a breath freshener and to prevent intoxication from wine.
Use it as edible garnish or add to stews, soups, sauces, dressings, eggs, potatoes and vegetables. Parsley is said to help prevent halitosis! [Parsley]
Oregano, Mediterranean$8.25 – $22.25
Oregano, joy of the mountain, was once offered to goats and sheep for grazing in the Mediterranean to add spiciness to their meat. Oregano has a strong flavor and aroma with a pleasantly bitter, but robust effect.
A staple ingredient in Italian and Mexican cuisine, Oregano pairs well tomato sauces, soups, stews, meats, marinades, pasta, vegetables, and breads. [Oregano]
Basil$7.25 – $19.60
A symbol of love in Italy, it’s said that a man with a sprig of basil in his hair announced his intentions to wed his love, and she announced her willingness with a pot of basil on her balcony.
A slightly peppery member of the mint family, Basil is pleasantly sweet backed with a bit of spice. Pair with tomato, add to pizza or use with egg dishes, fish, poultry, and salads. Basil is also the main ingredient in pesto.
Summer Savory$8.00 – $21.60
Legend has it that the Savory plant once belonged to the half-man, half-goat beings knows as satyrs. Savory is said to symbolize a balance in blended lives, however, its Saxon name is a description of its sweet, spicy flavor with a hint of pepper.
Add to stuffing, salads, meat dishes, duck, vegetables and sauces. A brilliant complement to beans and lentils, Summer Savory is also used to flavor vinegars and herb butters. Try in scrambled eggs. [Summer Savory]
Dill Weed$7.25 – $19.60
A flavorful complement to foods, dill was also added to magic potions in the Middle Ages to protect homes and people from spells.
The flavor of dill has been described as citrus, fennel, and mint combined, and it’s best when added at the end of cooking to preserve the flavor. Add Dill Weed to salads, soups, fish and shellfish, vegetables and sauces.
Peppermint$7.25 – $9.80
In Greek mythology, the nymph Minthe was turned into the sweet bush for Persephone. Valued as the herb of hospitality and for medicinal purposes, Romans spread it throughout Europe. American colonists also used mint as an untaxed tea.
Use on meats (especially lamb), chilled soups, stews, casseroles, new potatoes and rice. Mix with garlic and cream cheese for a dip. Try sprinkling on yogurt, fresh fruits or ice cream for a gourmet touch. [Peppermint]
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