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   May 31

Your Questions About Gardening

Ruth asks…

What are the Top 3 herbs to grow for a home cook?

I am a moderately knowledgeable cook (about a 6.5 out of 10), but have very little experience with fresh herbs. They are expensive, & I usually just use my extensive dry herb collection.

However, I recently received an Aerogarden as a gift, which allows me to choose 7 herbs I can grow fresh in my own kitchen. My question is, what herbs should I choose? It seems to me growing 7 different herbs is a bit much, if 3 of them only get used once or twice a year. This leads me to think I should just double up the Top 3 “most-used” herbs, & throw a wildcard in there for special occasions. I’m not here cooking fine French cuisine that takes 3 days to prep, just your usual household American fare (lasagna, chicken-fried steak, pork chops, etc).

So what would you other home chefs choose as your Top 3 (with a “seldom used” herb thrown in, to fill the 7th spot)?

Here are the options:

Genovese Basil
Chives
Curly Parsley
Dill
Italian (Flat Leaf) Parsley
Marjoram
Oregano
Sage
Savory
Thyme

I can satisfy a recipe calling for any of these herbs with my dry stash, but I am excited to start incorporating fresh herbs into the picture. Dry herbs = 18, fresh herbs = 3 1/2.

So what are your go-to, interchangeable FRESH herbs when it comes to daily cooking?

Aly
I have had great experience with dry Oregano, but no idea if using fresh would improve the recipe. Thyme & Flat-Leaf Parsley seem like a must, but again the dry versions (6 months old or less) have not failed me yet. What herbs TRULY benefit from being FRESH?

GardenersCardiff answers:

The three I absolutely couldn’t do without are:

1. Basil
2 Oregano
3 Thyme

I would also be lost without my bay tree – the poor thing is half naked! Oooh, and sage. I couldn’t do without sage.

Oh hell – I give up LOL

Seriously though – once you’ve used freshly picked herbs you’ll never want to go back to dried. Fresh oregano bears absolutely no resemblance to dried having a peppery “bite” that is completely missing in the dried variety.

Also basil. You’ll never look back once you’ve got used to fresh basil. Tear some leaves up and scatter them over a salad with some e v olive oil – to *die* for. I promise you.

As for thyme – once you pick a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme you’ll never go back to dried.

In answer to your question, most herbs are better fresh than dried – the dried herbs tend to have a “burny” sort of taste in the back of your throat whereas fresh ones light up the inside of your mouth.

Ok – I’ll shut up now :)

William asks…

Is there a chance that well probably die in the next 4 years due to CODEX ALIMENTARIUS, W.H.O, E.U. U.N?

You’re probably aware that as of 2009, natural cures, supplements, herbs and vitamins will be prohibited in the EU. As of 2010, you won’t have the freedom to choose high quality food or natural cures.

After December 31, 2009:

* ALL food will be radiated and may be treated with chemicals and pesticides (and still called organic);

* Natural vitamins, minerals supplements and herbs will be ILLEGAL (and thus all natural cures using them);

* All animals used for food MUST be treated with anti-biotics and exotic growth hormones (including organically raised)

* Over time, growing your own fruit and vegetables will be subjected to strict rules and not allowed without a license.

You can speak up, sign the EU petition if you don’t agree.

http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/eu-referendum.html

GardenersCardiff answers:

I’d like to see your information sources.
This all has a ring of alarm-ism to me.
Is there a chance we’ll die within 4 years?
Yes, there is always some chance of that.

Chris asks…

Is it true that natural remedies are now illegal in the EU?

I was looking into raw food diets and found this information:

EU Referendum
For Food Safety & Natural Cures

You’re probably aware that as of 2010, natural cures, supplements, herbs and vitamins will be prohibited in the EU. As of 2010, you won’t have the freedom to choose high quality food or natural cures.

As of Januari 1, 2010:

* ALL food will be radiated and may be treated with chemicals and pesticides (and still called organic);

* Natural vitamins, minerals supplements and herbs will be ILLEGAL (and thus all natural cures using them);

* All animals used for food MUST be treated with anti-biotics and exotic growth hormones (including organically raised)

* Over time, growing your own fruit and vegetables will be subjected to strict rules and not allowed without a license.

http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/eu-referendum.html

Is it true?

http://www.anhcampaign.org/news/anh-press-release-food-supplement-ban-in-2010-may-contravene-eu-law

http://curezone.com/forums/am.asp?i=1553974

some more sites with info on the matter… it sounds like there may be some truth to this….
There is a small list of 100+ supplements that are available…. not all but many have been outlawed for sale…. I have learned quite a bit this evening

GardenersCardiff answers:

No, complete rubbish. You won’t learn anything from reading curezone, they’re about as deluded and poorly educated as they come.

What is happening is that laws are being passed to ensure that foods (and this probably also means supplements) cannot be sold where claims are made for them curing illness, disease etc and that proof does not exist. An alt med nightmare by the sounds of it and a good reason for them to be worried.

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