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Fall Herbs

Paula taught a class at our garden last week about fall herbs.  She gave us the name of a new sage: New’re Year’re Sage and gave it the thumbs up for taste.  We will all have to look at Dallas garden centers to try to find it.

She reminded us to plant Cutting Celery, which smells and tastes like celery.  Chop up the slender stalks and leaves of Cutting Celery for tuna and  in any dish that call for celery.  I’ll bet she uses it in Bloody Mary’s too!

Fall Herbs For Texas Gardens

We talked about Bay which Paula uses fresh in her recipes and doubles the amount of leaves.  For instance using 4 when her soup recipe says 2.  When purchasing Bay, you want to make sure you are buying the culinary version.

Bay Leaf

Paula says hold a leaf up to the light; if you can see the veins of the leaf, you have the correct Bay.

Mexican Mint Marigold

 Texans use the licorice flavored leaves of Mexican Mint Marigold as a Tarragon substitute and the flowers as an edible garnish.  It is blooming now in our Demonstration Garden.

It’s not too late to harvest Basil to make a few batches of Basil Butter for the holidays or Basil Ice Cubes.  Use your Basil now because it will be gone after the first frost.  
 
Basil Ice Cubes: Wash and dry your Basil and remove the leaves from the stems. Discard the stems. Finely chop the leaves. Fill an ice-cube tray with chopped Basil, scooping one tablespoon of the Basil into each cube. Fill the cubes with vegetable or chicken broth. When they freeze, pop them out of your tray and into a Ziploc bag in your freezer.  Yum-Basil all winter to be added to soups and vegetables!
 
We can also rely on Rosemary, Hot and Spicy Oregano in salsa and enchiladas, Lemon Verbena, and Italian Parsley to perk up our fall menus.

Ann

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