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

July 18, 2014

Meet Marcy

CUESA is excited to welcome our new executive director, Marcy Coburn! Find out what inspires her work.

July 11, 2014

Farm Tripping

Summer is prime time for agritourism. Here’s our list of local U-picks, tours, and other farm fun.

July 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell from Critical Edge Knife Sharpening

Bob Kattenburg retires after 19 years as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s knife sharpener.

July 04, 2014

On the Farm at Marin Roots

Take a behind-the-scenes look at organic veggie growing with the young farmers at Marin Roots Farm.

July 02, 2014

Volunteer of the Month: Rafael Zuniga

Rafael’s passion for good food stems from his work with children and youth.

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 »