Published as a feature article in the June 9, 2009 edition of the Union Leader. In the AT HOME section, writer Kathleen D. Baily describes the types of herbs and herb wisdom one can find by visiting Tanglewood Gardens of Bedford, NH.
Here is a summary and synthesis of that article.
HERBS FOR EVERY TASTE
Bedford Greenhouse veteran knows there’s a variety for almost every need.
Louise Komisarek, co-owner has been the herb specialist at Tanglewood Gardens for 37 years. She has had up to 100 varieities in the herb greenhouse and delights in being able to provide the diversity of herbs and to share their unique qualities with her customers.
She carries up to 30 basils of the 40 that are available.
There are about 75 varieites of thyme, most are edible but some are simply decorative.
You will find Italian and Greek oregano varieities, some spicier than others.
You will find common cilantro as well as a delicious vietnamese cilantro that grows well in New England Soils.
There is always a selection of the mint family: peppermint, spearmint, apple mint, orange mint, chocolate mint, etc. Louise enjoys drying her chocolate mint leaves and including them in her ground coffee for a morning drink.
Louise will share with you information on
- how to store your herbs
- ways to use herbs
- combinations that partner favorably
Culinary herbs are easy to store for off-season use.
- Fresh herbs can be simply washed, dried, chopped to desired size and packaged in preferred portions in simple plastic freezer bags.
- Herbs can be stored individually or in a seasoning mixture such as thyme, basil, oregano, chives.
- To use, simply remove from the freezer and sprinkle from the bag into your favorite recipe.
- The aroma remains garden fresh.
You will also find wonderfully scented lavenders and geraniums. They can be used in vinegars, teas, or to flavor foods. A favorite is Attar of Rose.
Popularity is increasing for the stevia plant. It is grown for its leaves which are harvested as a sweetner for hot and cold beverages. Stevia sweetner is a nice addition to chamomile tea…You will find chamomile and stevia plants at Tanglewood Gardens.
Louise encourages customers to become familiar with the unique varietal qualities of Tanglewood herbs by sampling their leaves as they consider their options.
Tanglewood Gardens is open from 8-7 daily during the growing season….to answer your questions and to assist you in making your decisions.