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Old 07-19-2016, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I use herbs in cooking but there are a few varieties I did not know existed. My neighbor has a huge vegetable and herb garden.


Pineapple Sage- she gave me some and it smells like pineapple and she said it's great on chicken


Chocolate mint- very strong chocolaty mint odor-she adds it to smoothies. I did not take any but I will next time I see her.


Are there any herbs you have discovered that you did not know about???
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Old 07-19-2016, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Lemon basil. Already discussed here on another thread (I'm still not thrilled with it).

Thai basil. THAT stuff I love in certain dishes.

I've started using more thyme than I used to.
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Old 07-19-2016, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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...I've started using more thyme than I used to.
I use quite a bit of thyme myself, provided it's fresh. Dried thyme can ruin a dish if you're not careful, fresh thyme is more forgiving.
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Old 07-19-2016, 04:51 PM
 
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I've grown both of these for a while but I don't think they're all that common.

Salad burnet. It has a light cucumber and, not surprisingly, is great in salads.

Lemon verbena is another one of my favorites. I have a hard time growing it because my dogs want to eat it.
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Old 07-19-2016, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Lemon thyme although I have never used it I have heard of it. My neighbor is growing that too.
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Old 07-19-2016, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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None that I haven't heard about, but I do mix things up each year.

This year I have flat and curly leaf parsley, rosemary, sweet basil, cardinal basil, a bunch of different types of mint (peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, apple mint, a few others), sage, chives, and lavender. I did have dill, but the rabbits ate off several plantings, so I gave up rather than keep wasting the money. I've done thyme before, but I don't use it much, so I stopped. Same with oregano.
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:42 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, USVI - Seattle, WA - Gulf Coast, TX
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I love the idea of those hybrid-aromatic herbs (pineapple sage, chocolate mint, orange mint, lemon basil, etc.), but I always find them to be too perfumey to actually make me happy when trying to cook with them. They start to smell like Sephora instead of a kitchen. :-/ I'd rather just use pineapple and sage, lemon and basil, etc. Again, I think it's a fun idea though, and definitely fun to smell in the garden, at least.

Yes, Rowan! I love salad burnet (try muddling it with mint in a mojito!) and lemon verbena (I also love this one for cocktails, but it's great in desserts too!)! And JK, I'm obsessed with Thai basil! It's one of my favorite things, ever. I even love using the flowers in dishes (seems like constant work to keep that plant from going to seed...) too. The flowers have a delicate, licorice flavor that is more isolated and obvious than in the Thai basil leaves, themselves, but still super delicate. They're very tarragon-like. But those Thai basil leaves... I don't think there is a proper description out there for them. Sure: peppery, basil-y, licorice-y, sweet... but it's like trying to describe vanilla or jasmine rice. It's just its own, amazing thing; This balanced, memorable bouquet that you want to breathe in deep.

Three others that I LOVE that are not in ordinary line-ups: chervil, lovage, and savory.

Chervil is fresh and "green" tasting (like parsley - it is a kind of parsley), but also has a touch of that sweet anise flavor.

Lovage is like celery leaves. Celery is one of my favorite aromatics and I love having a compact plant in the herb garden that can give a punch of that flavor but doesn't require any cooking. It's so yummy to put a few leaves in salad, on soups, etc.

Savory is somewhat similar to thyme, but peppery. I love this herb in bean dishes and in anything roasted. For some reason, it's also one of my favorites to just catch a whiff of as my hands brush against the plant.
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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While I absolutely love sweet basil/Genovese basil, I'm not a big fan of Thai basil, or any of the other varieties. They're too anise-y for me.

I do keep some of them planted, though, because the bees love them.
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:30 PM
 
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I like to grow my own basil, chives, and cilantro, but the plants go to seed too fast for me to get much use out of them.
I wish I could grow my own basil, every time I buy it at the store it goes brown in 2 days.
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Old 07-20-2016, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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The past two summers here have been perfect weather for growing basil. Chives, too.
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