Herb of the Day: Butternut Bark

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Thousands of Americans roasted up butternut squash this week to enjoy with their Thanksgiving feast.  Did you know there is an herb called butternut as well?  While not related to the winter squash, we thought this herb would be a fun one to take a look at this week with … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Rhubarb Root

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Rhubarb is one of the earliest season plants to harvest.  Most farmers markets usually have rhubarb first in climates that tend to be colder.  This plant is mostly known for the famous strawberry rhubarb pie or rhubarb jam.  Did you know that herbalists use rhubarb root as well?  Although it … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Burdock

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Burdock is a common weed which is said to have inspired the invention of velcro.  In 1941 Swiss engineer George de Mestral noticed the burrs of burdock sticking to his dog’s fur and to his own clothing.  After researching the composition of the burrs, he developed velcro based on the … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Strawberry Leaf

Strawberry leaves are delicious and make a fantastic tea and extract. High in vitamin C, iron, calcium, and antioxidants the big, beautiful strawberry leaves are worth holding on to.

I don’t know about you, for me a bright red strawberry ready to be harvested screams “summer!” The delicious little berries are a favorite worldwide and are quite easy to grow.  Most people ignore the nutritious leaves on the strawberry plant, however. Strawberry leaves are delicious and make a fantastic tea … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Yellow Dock

Yellow Dock will take root nearly anywhere and is one that gardeners find hard to get rid of. It will continue to grow even when cut, mowed over, or mistreated. This “problem plant” is one worth having around as it is high in vitamins and minerals, purifies the blood, and has a fairly pleasant taste.

Lately in our “Herb of the Day” posts we’ve been looking at herbs that thrive in conditions plants are typically not seen.  Yellow Dock is another one of these.  This plant will take root nearly anywhere and is one that gardeners find hard to get rid of.  It will continue … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Licorice Root

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When most people hear licorice root they think about the black or red candy with a flavor they either love or hate.  Licorice goes well beyond candy and has been used for thousands of years around the world as a medicinal herb.  This root has an incredible array of uses … Continue reading

Herb of the Day Rosehips

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It seems everyone gets to thinking about roses right about Valentine’s Day.  Did you know that Rosehips have some pretty incredible herbal powers as well?  Rosehips are the fruit that grow after the flower.  The fruit itself is incredibly bitter but after it is dried it lends itself nicely in … Continue reading