(Article by Jenni Parsons)
My name is Jenni Parsons and I would like to introduce you to my mama and Leah’s nana, Barbara Keith. She is the matriarch of our herbal family. She has been passionately using and growing herbs since the age of 14. While she makes and uses herbal medicines, her talents shine in the kitchen using culinary herbs. In the interest of introduction and encouraging others to play with herbs, she kindly agreed to an interview with me.
Q. What first inspired you to learn about herbs?
I am incredibly lucky to have such a mother. Last summer I attended one of her culinary herb classes. She used ground beef to allow the class to taste different herbs to see what each person enjoyed.
By dividing the meat, and adding one herb to each portion, she made meatballs to taste. Many recognized the taste if not the name of the herbs. All went home eager to add to their gardens and visit the herb section of their local shops. I thought this was a wonderful way to try out the different herbs, and I encourage you to do something similar. I hope you heed my mama's sage advice and try something new. To get you started, she has included her Bean Beef Savory recipe to make for your own family.
Please feel free to ask questions, share your herb tasting stories, and include your favorite recipes as you expand your palate and your spice rack. Don't be afraid of herbs!
(Main photo by vivalivadia via Flickr)