By Marian Sebastiano
Brew a aromatic "Cuppa" instantly out of your personal Garden!
becoming your individual natural teas could be simply as healing as ingesting them. The tea backyard is a sensory satisfaction, generating colours, aromas, and flavors to get pleasure from in the course of the seasons. The crops are effortless to develop and also you don't desire a huge quarter – even a couple of small bins will do. by way of drying the tea herbs after which mixing and packaging them on your personal precise approach, you could percentage the bounty of your backyard with appreciative pals and family.
In 15 Herbs for Tea you'll locate every little thing you want to find out about turning out to be and utilizing tea herbs, from info on planting and protecting your herb mattress to find out how to harvest, dry, and mix the herbs. if you happen to don't have the time and effort to develop your individual tea herbs, you'll discover a record of resources for purchasing them in bulk. better of all, you'll the right way to brew a scrumptious cup of tea!
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A grow Sow seed indoors in late winter. Transplant to pots by early spring, and set out in a sunny spot in the garden by mid-spring. Hyssop tolerates dry soil but does better when watered as needed. Trim the top shoots to encourage bushy growth. harvest In some areas leaves can be picked year round. Cut ﬂowers in summer when they are fully open. cook Add the pungent fresh ﬂowers to fruit dishes and salads sparingly, and use the powerful leaves in moderation in pies, and meat or game dishes. HABIT Dwarf shrub ↕ 18–24 in (45–60 cm) ↔ 3 ft (90 cm) The leaves release their aroma when brushed against, which makes it a good plant for hedging JASMINE Jasminum officinale This perennial climber emits one of the most exotic perfumes in the world, and its highly scented ﬂowers can be used in cooking.
It has a mild ﬂavor. HABIT Low-growing mound ↕ 10–12 in (25–30 cm) ↔ 12 in (30 cm) COOK’S NOTES Chop ﬁnely if sprinkling on dishes as an edible garnish, as the tough curly leaves can be rough on the palate. 57 58 C H O O S E — T H E H E R B C ATA L O G ANISE Pimpinella anisum The leaves of this annual can be used as ﬂavoring, but it is the seeds that are most prized for their rich, licorice ﬂavor. *a grow Anise has a tap root and resents moving once established, so in spring, sow seed in a light, well-drained soil in full sun where you want it to grow.
Cook Use the leaves in salads and spicy dishes. Once ground, dried seeds are pungent, sharp, and indispensable in Middle Eastern and Asian dishes. Cumin is often used with cilantro and chickpeas. HABIT Slender, upright ↕ 6–12 in (15–30 cm) ↔ 3–4 in (8–10 cm) The delicate, ﬂoppy stems need some support in summer 35 36 C H O O S E — T H E H E R B C ATA L O G CITRUS Citrus spp. Even in cold areas you can have a taste of the Mediterranean. These four perennial citrus plants will thrive on the patio in summer and indoors in winter.
15 Herbs for Tea (Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-184) by Marian Sebastiano