Celebrate with Thanksgiving Herbs from Your Garden
Just because summer’s long gone doesn’t mean you can’t still treat yourself to some home-grown garden goodness. If you snipped and saved clippings from your garden herbs (or still have a healthy batch of perennial herbs to choose from), you may have all the herbs you need to create a delicious, savory holiday meal. And if you didn’t do it this time around, it’s not too late to plan for next year!
Rosemary for Herb Lovers
I admit it: I’m a sucker for rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). One of my absolute favorite herbs, I love the way rosemary smells (I fondle it incessantly), I love the way it tastes (so fresh and earthy), and I love the way it looks (like a little tree that forgot to grow up). Plus, it’s an absolutely essential herb for mouth-watering stuffings and roast turkey. And, while fresh rosemary smells divine, dried rosemary works quite well too.
Have you ever heard of the herb lovage (Levisticum officinale)? Probably not. A barely-known perennial herb, lovage resembles (and tastes like) celery, with tall, hollow stalks and broad, flat leaves. Strong-flavored and well-suited for winter gardens, lovage makes an unusual addition to any good herbal recipe, plus there are a surprising number of lovage recipes to choose from.
Did you spare time to save your thyme (Thymus) this summer? Hopefully so, since this common herb is an indispensible ingredient for a well-stocked kitchen garden. A key flavor for just about every savory holiday dish imaginable, thyme is a must-have herb for any Thanksgiving menu. With just a handful of home-grown thyme, you can turn run-of-the-mill mushroom gravy into something special.
Another perennial herb well-suited for holiday stuffing, winter savory (Satureja montana) has a peppery flavor that doesn’t hold up well to prolonged cooking but adds a distinct dash of spice when used properly. Use in soups and rice dishes for a unique, robust flavor that folks won’t soon forget.