Herbs

Herbs

In culinary conversation, the term herbs refers to the leafy part of a plant that, unlike vegetables, is used to add flavor to food, not substance. Herbs can be found in a spectrum of different plant categories: some are perennials (thyme and lavender), others are biennials (parsley) or annuals (basil); some are shrubs (rosemary), and others are trees (bay laurel). Herbs are also used widely for medicinal and religious purposes and can be useful for pest control as well.

Fresh cut herbs are best stored in the refrigerator, kept in dry plastic bags or dry plastic containers. Add fresh herbs as a final ingredient to soup, stew, or salad to enhance the dish’s flavor. And, if you’re interested in taking small steps to becoming more sustainable, growing herbs at home in a planter box or backyard garden is a perfect place to start.

In Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Recipes with Herbs

Jasper’s Pickled Vegetables and Shrimp Remoulade

Adam Carpenter, Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen

Spring Minestrone Soup with Parsley Lemon Pesto

Cate Conniff, author of Seasons in the Wine Country: Recipes from The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (Chronicle, 2010)

Articles about Herbs

August 15, 2014

10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

As California faces a historic drought, sustainability-minded farmers are using an arsenal of methods to conserve water.

August 08, 2014

Breeding a Better Chicken at Eatwell Farm

Eatwell Farm embarks on breeding their own heritage flock.

August 04, 2014

National Farmers Market Week

National Farmers Market Week is August 3-9! Celebrate by pledging your support for local farms and communities.

August 01, 2014

Rabbits, Pigs, and Herbs in Marin County

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Devil’s Gulch Ranch and Allstar Organics in Nicasio.

July 31, 2014

Volunteers of the Month: Summer Interns

CUESA says farewell and thanks to our summer interns, Sarah, Henry, and Janelle.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »