HERBAL GOODNESS WITH SARA
I grew up in countries where people had very little food. But what they had, they shared. And there was always a pot of herbs, a dish of spices, in their homes. That has stayed with me. You can have very little, but you can create tasty food, with a plant, that you can share with others. That is why I grow herbs.
Herbs are great ingredient substitutes. If you have not got a lemon, try Lemon Verbena. If you have no salt, try Hyssop as a flavouring. If you have no sugar, try Liquorice Mint. Great for saving money on pricey ingredients!
And if you grow just one herb, how you cook it will give you a variety of flavours.
- Doone Valley Thyme – raw – gives you a huge punch of lemon flavour. Cook with it – just a hint remains.
- Lemon Thyme – raw – not as much of a punch as Doone Valley. Cook with it – a huge whack of lemon remains.
- Liquorice Mint raw – tastes like liquorice. But if you cook with it, it just tastes sweet – no liquorice.
So, whilst it is wonderful to have a full range of
herbs, just one can give you many options depending on how you use it.
Most herbs are happy in pots. You don’t need a massive garden. Nor do you need to be too fussy with growing them – many are happy anywhere. And if you buy a cheap pot from a supermarket, they tend to have hundreds of seeds in them that just need to be released into more space (it is why they die – we think we are herb killers yet it is not us, it is the growers who pack the seeds into one pot!). Separate them out and you can have 30 more plants!
And the more you take from the herb, the more it grows – the perfect economic ingredient in your cooking.
For me – I do not see a plant. I see food! That I can share. Economically. Every seed I sow, every cutting I take, every time I pot on a plant, I see the chance to be social. And greedy…