Vanilla – An Expensive Spice

By Maryann Readal from those seed pods. The vanilla orchid grows in the tropical climates of places like Mexico, Réunion,...

Cranberry – Herb for the Holidays

By Maryann Readal Flowers bloom in May and June on the stolons and terminal ends of the vine. Because the...

DANCING IN BLUE

By Katherine Schlosser There are other plants that produce a blue dye, especially Isatis tinctoria, woad, a primary competitor with...

Coffee – A Bean with a History

By Maryann Readal It is said that coffee was discovered around 850 CE in the Ethiopian highlands by a goat...

Fennel: A Multitasking Herb

by Peggy Riccio In the fall, I clip the seed heads and put them in a paper bag. I save...

Patchouli: What Was Once Old Becomes New Again…and Again

By Amy Forsberg You may have a strong reaction to just hearing the word “patchouli.” It seems to be one...

A True Double Mint – Herb of the Month

By Maryann Readal Double mint is the only mint that has both peppermint and spearmint oils, which gives it a...

Award-Winning Four Elements Organic Herbals: An Interview

By Chrissy Moore Do you have formal training in horticulture and/or herb use? Did you have any mentors that particularly...

HSA Webinar: Breeding Better Herbs

by Peggy Riccio

Basil – The King of Herbs

By Maryann Readal Although named by the Greeks, basil originated in India 5,000 years ago. In India today, the herb...