A Taste for Herbs – Book Review

Herbs are great for growing in the Southwest for three good reasons. First – so many of the herbs we use come to us from the rocky dry hillsides of the eastern Mediterranean and they are used to periods of hot, dry weather. Second, many herbs have been cultivated for 5,000 years or more, and cuttings of the herbs that people were able to keep alive have been shared down through the ages. Third – many herbs look great in the landscape, and if you are going to water it and care for it, why not use it?!

Which leads us to the book “A Taste For Herbs” by Sue Goetz, published this year (2019) by St. Lynn’s Press.

Part One – Grow

I draw Southwestern readers’ attention to Chapter Two, in which Sue discusses some unusual herbs, like lemon grass and bay trees.  Many of us in the Southwest can grow these, especially in areas that rarely dip below 26 degrees F. Honestly, Chapter One is not entirely valid for the Low and Middle desert regions of the Southwest. Texas and the Mountain regions should be fine. (See more on Southwest gardening regions here).

Yes, you can grow lavender in the Southwest. To read our previous post on the topic, type lavender into the search bar.

The real reason to buy this book is Part Two. In fact, the cooking ideas in part two might make “A Taste for Herbs” a great gift for the manly chef in your life!

Part Two – Create!

In these six chapters, Sue introduces us to a plethora of ways to use the herbal bounty our landscapes and gardens may offer. After an introduction to the basics of blending herbs, there are chapters on Dry Seasonings, Rubs, Flavor Enhancers, Dressings & Condiments, and ending with some very tasty Beverages. Personally, I might start with one of her cocktails. It makes cooking after a long day go ever so much smoother!

There are a number of tasty rubs you can grow in your own yard!

A Taste of Herbs – Herbs for the Southwest

To help our Southwest Gardening readers, here is a list of the herbs that Sue Goetz mentions in her book that you can grow in your Southwest landscape.

Perennial herbs: marjoram, oregano, rosemary, lavender, sage, savory (in shade), and thyme.

Perennials to protect from frost: lemon verbena, lemon grass, bay, and citrus peel.

Annuals that you will need to replant each year (no matter where you live): basil, cilantro, dill, parsley, fennel and stevia.

Marjoram grows well in the Southwest, but needs well drained soils.

Win This Book

First, I read the book and realized that it would work for our Southwest Gardening readers! Once I knew it would work – then I asked the folks at St. Lynn’s Press if they would be willing to offer us a copy to raffle to one of our lucky readers. Gracious folks that they are, they said yes! See below on how you can enter to win “A Taste for Herbs.”

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