“Are you going to Scarborough Fair?” Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme Remember me to whoever lives there – She was once a true love for me “
So, why the selection of herbs of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme? And yes, the town of Scarborough in Yorkshire was the site of a large market in the 13th century. They allegedly sold food and plants such as herbs, including parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.
In medieval times, herbs had mystical properties: parsley was known for its comfort, sage for strength and wisdom, rosemary for love, and thyme for courage. The herbs mentioned in the song’s lyrics symbolized emotions and feelings. Every time I touch and smell fragrant herbs, the lyrics of the song come to mind!
In contemporary times, we find herbs sold in farmers’ markets, big box retailers, in the fruit and vegetable section of local grocery stores, and planted in our gardens. The culinary herbs of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme offer a collection worthy of a fragrant garden.
By selecting varieties of herbs not only for cooking but also for their beauty and fragrance, herbs can turn your garden into a delicious sanctuary. Mix and match the sweet smell of basil, the lemony scent of lemon thyme and the savory aroma of sage, mint and rosemary to create an olfactory experience in your herbal collection.
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is the sprig of greenery on the side of your plate served at your favorite restaurant. Slightly peppery, parsley can be used in soups, sauces, as a garnish, mixed with ground meat, and any dish that could use a splash of color. “Curly” or “flat-leaf” are the most common varieties, and parsley is also a host for the black swallowtail. Suggest planting one for pollinators and one for yourself.
sage (Salvia officinalis) has pale green / grayish leaves with a pronounced pine aroma used in Grandma’s Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe. Sage leaves are popular with poultry dishes and meat seasonings. In Italy, sage is usually chopped, mixed with melted butter, and served mixed with pasta or gnocchi. Sages are tricolor and purple.
You don’t need any special cooking skills to add more herbs into your life. According to Susan Neustadt, a member of the Calusa Garden Club, she uses basil in the pasta dinner and sprinkled on the pasta. Mint goes into his solar tea or his cocktail. Rosemary is used with its chicken dish while sage is excellent with sausage and used on Thanksgiving.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody herb that you can smell before you see it; its needles produce a strong mint aroma. This culinary herb is used in poultry dishes, soups, spreads and even teas.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) There are two main types of thyme, ornamental and culinary, and the three most common types of culinary thyme are French thyme, lemon, and caraway. Thyme has a pleasant tangy clover flavor and tastes good both fresh and dried. Add thyme to meat stews, in all slow cooking soups, vegetables and use the lemon flavored variety on seafood.
The herbs are easy to grow and some grow year round in Southwest Florida. They can plant them in the ground, in containers, or in EarthBoxes and most prefer 3 to 6 hours of sunlight. Herbs are also friendly to bees and butterflies.
When is the best time to start your herb garden?
September is the time to start your fresh herbs like parsley according to the Calusa Garden Club gardening guide. With this guide, gardeners will get acquainted with various vegetation and tips on a monthly calendar. Guides are available for purchase at the MICA office for $ 10.
Members of the Calusa Garden Club contribute to this column to educate Marco Islanders and to encourage interest in our beautiful landscape, sustainable planting, and eco-friendly practices. The Calusa Garden Club is a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Club and membership is open to those interested in horticulture, floral design, and the environment. For more information about the club, visit calusa.org or visit the Club’s Facebook at the Calusa Garden Club.