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Kitchen Gardening

Beyond the Basic Herbs

Expand your culinary palate with these lesser-known options

Fine Gardening - Issue 135
“Herbs are weeds.” Because I own a nursery that specializes in this special breed of plants, I’ve heard that phrase come out of the mouths of my customers, friends, family—heck, even my own staff. But herbs are the tastiest, most attractive-looking “weeds” you’ll ever come across, and that is why gardeners love them. Most of the time, I am asked by my customers where the parsley, dill, rosemary, or thyme is. Don’t get me wrong: They are the bread and butter of our farm. But my interest is truly piqued when customers ask, “Excuse me, Anne, but could you show me some unu­sual culi­nary herbs?” I stop what I’m doing and dash to the rescue, eager to help find a new and different option for gardeners who want to expand their boundaries and their palates. These mystery herbs have pizzazz. They have a vibrant taste and are easy to grow…

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