JM Heatherly

Herb Collection

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Borage belongs to the Forget-Me-Not family, and this annual aggressively reseeds. Bees and other pollinators love it. Borage produces copious nectar, and it makes for mellow honey.

This herb proves its versatility in the garden. Try its leaves in a salad or flowers in a tea. Herbal practitioners use borage to treat cough, fever, and even depression. Consult a physician.

Set it and forget it — that’s the motto. Once you plant borage, it will return unless you collect all the flowers. Bee sure to include this fuzzy, colorful hipster in your community garden.

Nomenclature: Borago officinalis
Tastes: Cucumber, honey, salty
Uses: Cheese, garnish, greens, folk medicine, seed oil, soups, tea, yogurts
Origin: Mediterranean

Recipe: Borage Greens and Walnut Sauce

Ingredients: Borage, walnuts, EVOO, salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon. See link.

By JMHeatherly

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Spice Collection

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Humans have cultivated garlic since the Babylonians in 4500 BCE. They traded it from Iran to China and India simultaneously, and its popularity persists. Find garlic mentioned in myths like warding off vampires. Cuisines and medicinal traditions worldwide include garlic and its flavor profile changes when cooked.

One potential treatment for drug-resistant infection exists in the medieval Anglo medical guide, Bald’s Leechbook. Modern doctors resurrected this, finding that it killed off most of the MRSA it encountered. This thousand-year-old method consists of onion, garlic, wine, cow bile, and a feather. It was an early treatment for an eye infection.

Nomenclature: Allium sativum
Tastes: Earthy, pungent, warm, buttery when cooked.
Uses: Cooking, antimicrobial, lore, folk medicine
Origin: North Iran

Recipe: Roasted garlic (GF/V)

Ingredients: Garlic, olive oil. See link.

By JMHeatherly

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JM Heatherly

JM Heatherly

(He/They) Hospitality pro, writer, gardener, musician and humanist from Tennessee (Tanasi). Finding gems to polish for you. https://linktr.ee/jonmheatherly