Herbs

Our herb plants will arrive to you as strong, healthy transplants, ready to go in the ground. The descriptions are from where we purchased our seed, follow the links for further information and ideal growing conditions.

Basil-Genovese-Organic Seed “Classic Italian variety. Authentic flavor and appearance. Tall and relatively slow to bolt with large, dark green leaves about 3″ long. Ht. 24-30″. Edible Flowers: Use the flowers in any recipe that calls for basil, or to garnish drinks, salads, soups, pasta, and desserts. Flavor is of intense basil.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-6656-genovese.aspx

Basil-Red Rubin-Organic Seed “Dark, purple, Italian Large Leaf type. High yields and great flavor. Flat, 3″ long leaves stand out horizontally, and are a copper-tinged purple color. Ht. 18-24″. Edible Flowers: Use the flowers in any recipe that calls for basil, or to garnish drinks, salads, soups, pasta, and desserts. Flavor is of intense basil.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-9071-red-rubin.aspx

Chamomile-Common-Organic Seed “Standard variety. Good yields of small, sweet-smelling, daisy-like flowers. Tea made from flowers aids digestion and acts as a gentle sleep inducer. Also known as German chamomile and Hungarian chamomile. Edible Flowers: The flowers can also be used to garnish salads, desserts, and drinks. Flavor is slightly sweet and of chamomile.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-9063-common-chamomile.aspx

Catnip-Organic Seed “Vigorous, high-yielding plants. Cat-attracting perennial with gray-green leaves and white flowers. Markets for catnip include cat toy crafters, herbal tea companies, and retail plant sales. Flowers are very attractive to bees.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-6731-catnip.aspx

Chives-Staro “Heaviest leaf for processing and freezing. Best for markets demanding a thicker leaf for freezing, drying, or fresh use. Edible Flowers: Pull the florets apart and sprinkle on salads, dips, sauces, soups, stir-fries, and pizza. Great as an addition to potato salad. Flavor is of mild, sweet onion.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/herbs/chives/standard-chives/staro-organic-chive-seed-840G.html?cgid=standard-chives#start=1

Cilantro-Organic Seed  Heaviest leaf for processing and freezing.Best for markets demanding a thicker leaf for freezing, drying, or fresh use. Organic seeds.Edible Flowers: Pull the florets apart and sprinkle on salads, dips, sauces, soups, stir-fries, and pizza. Great as an addition to potato salad. Flavor is of mild, sweet onion.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-8969-marino.aspx

Dill-Goldkrone-Organic Seed “Organic bunching dill. Slower bolting variety with uniform, high yields of foliage.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-9068-goldkrone.aspx

Epazote-Organic Seed “Used in traditional Mexican cooking. Pungent flavor with refreshing minty overtones. Use in chili sauces and bean dishes. Plant every 2-3 weeks from spring through early summer to ensure a steady harvest. Please note that Epazote self-seeds readily. To prevent a potential weed problem in the garden, we recommend clipping off flower parts of the plant before seeds form.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-8203-epazote.aspx

Fennel- Preludio “Big, rounded bulbs from organic seeds. Heavy bulbs are uniform, high yielding, and offer the traditional anise flavor. Suitable for late summer and early fall harvest in most areas. Preludio can also be transplanted in January for an April harvest in areas with mild winters, such as coastal California.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/vegetables/fennel/preludio-organic-f1-fennel-seed-3272G.html#q=fennel&lang=en_US&start=1

Lavendar-Munstead “Organic. Compact English lavender. A strain of English lavender with a compact, bushy habit. Nice range of bloom colors, from pale blue to dark violet. Usually begins flowering in the second year. Hardy in Zones 5-8, but can survive Zone 4 winters when mulched or grown in a south-facing location.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/herbs/lavender/munstead-type-organic-lavender-seed-943G.html?cgid=lavender#start=1

Lemon Grass- East Indian (Cleaned Seed) “Aromatic grass from India with the chaff removed for a higher germination rate.Seeds are carefully cleaned to remove much of the seed coat material resulting in a higher germination rate. Essential oil contains large amounts of citral and geraniol, used for flavorings and perfumes. 6-12 stalks per plant, depending on growing climate.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/herbs/lemon-grass/lemon-grass-east-indian-cleaned-seed-cleaned-seed-4074.html?cgid=lemon-grass#start=1

Marjoram-Sweet “Common Variety. Aroma is similar to oregano, but sweeter and more balsam-like. Compact plant. Edible Flowers: Use the flowers, which have a mild and marjoram-like flavor, as you would the herb to garnish salads, soups, stews, sauces, and stuffing. Also pairs well with citrus, mushrooms, and fish.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-8183-sweet-marjoram.aspx

Oregano-Greek-Organic Seed  Essential herb for Italian and Greek cooking. Strong oregano aroma and flavor; great for pizza and Italian cooking. Characteristic dark green leaves with white flowers. Attracts Beneficial Insects: provides pollen and nectar for beneficial insects such as bees, hoverflies, lacewing larva, parasitic wasps, and tachinid flies. Edible Flowers: The flowers have an oregano flavor and can be used in the same manner as the herb. They are especially good in pasta salads, green salads, and as a fresh pizza topping.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/herbs/oregano/greek-oregano-organic-seed-930G.html#q=oregano&lang=en_US&start=1 

Parsley-Giant of Italy-Organic Seed “The preferred culinary variety. Huge, dark green leaves with great flavor. Strong, upright stems make Giant of Italy one of the best parsleys for fresh market sales. Very high yielding.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-8351-giant-of-italy.aspx

Sage-Common- Organic Seed “A staple of the herb garden. Dusty, green leaves are used in dressing, sauces, salted herbs, sausage, and tea. Make a good base for dried floral wreaths. Also known as garden sage. Edible Flowers: Edible, lovely, small lavender flowers appear in early summer with a mild and sage-like flavor. Flower spikes can be battered and fried, cooked in rice, egg, or cheese dishes, or used to garnish salads and pizza.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/herbs/sage/common-sage-organic-seed-934G.html

Savory-Summer “The standard savory. Pepper flavor adds spice to dishes. For flavoring fresh and dry beans, cabbage, and sauerkraut. Long internodes create a tall, somewhat lanky plant.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-8166-summer-savory.aspx

Stevia “Incredibly sweet leaves are an herbal alternative to sugar. Use fresh, dried, powdered, or as a liquid to sweeten a variety of foods and beverages. Bushy, high-yielding plants.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-8160-stevia.aspx

Thyme-German Winter-Organic Seed “The standard winter-hardy thyme with good flavor and yield. Classic culinary and ornamental herb. Small, round to needle-shaped evergreen leaves on woody stems. Edible Flowers: The flowers are small, but have a mild thyme flavor. Use the flowers in potato dishes and salads.” http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-6262-german-winter.aspx

Valerian-One of nature’s best herbal sedatives. Common variety, naturalized in some areas. Root used for anxiety, insomnia, and pain relief. Also known as garden heliotrope, cat’s valerian, setwell, and St. George’s herb.”  http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-7048-common-valerian.aspx

Kitchen Basics Mixed Herb 6-Pack: Genovese Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley, Dill, Cilantro

Not Your Everyday Herbs 6 Pack: Stevia, Catnip, Common Chamomile, Sweet Marjoram, Fennel, Lemon Grass 

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