Blog post: Herbs - Culinary Corner: Sorrel, tarragon, marjoram

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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Jan 11, 2014 7:08 PM CST
Hi Bonehead,

Just now making the time to browse the website and immediately found your herb post. I grow chives, oregono, basil, thyme, sage, rosemary, anise, but have never found any seed for marjoram, sorrel, tarragon. In fact I have never seen those three growing (to my knowledge). I would be very interested in growing some of each, although, I am not sure how to cook with sorrel. How do each of those grow for you? How do you use them in cooking? Where did you get your original plants or seeds? Hope i don't overwhelm you with questions.

Thank you for the photos and post. I love herbs :)

Toni ~ zone 8a/b Pacific Northwest
Toni
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jan 12, 2014 2:43 PM CST
Toni, I can easily find marjoram and tarragon as 2-4" starts in local nurseries. The sorrel I believe I bought from Crimson Sage Nursery (mail order down in Oregon). Marjoram is similar to thyme in growth habit and taste, but a bit milder. I like it better than thyme. Sorrel I use as a salad ingredient, it has a very fresh taste to it, kind of sharp or lemony (I can never quite pinpoint the taste but I really like it). I've seen recipes for sorrel soup, but have never tried it. Tarragon has a definite licorice flavor to it, but I find it does not usually over-winter for me so treat it as an annual. I also grow Mexican tarragon, which is a form of marigold (tagetes lucida) which can be used in place of tarragon. Per its name, it also has some slight psychotropic properties (you can dry it and smoke or use in tea, it's very mild). I see you are in my neck of the woods PNW, where abouts? I'm up in the Stanwood/Mount Vernon area of Washington. If you are close by, I would happily chunk off some of both the marjoram and sorrel for you -- and anything else you might want (you could view My List and narrow the search to herbs). Most herbs are very prolific and divide easily.

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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Beekeeper
Permaculture Composter Canning and food preservation Bee Lover Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Toni
Jan 27, 2014 12:14 AM CST
Hey, Thanks, Deb. I live in Sherwood which is South of Portland about 21 miles or so (where I am located anyway). I would love to get together sometime. It is so absolutely fun to meet people interested in the same things as I am Hurray! Hurray! Last i tuned in, I think you were getting some chickens started...? how is that going? I would also love to get some more chickens. Mine were dinner for the coons at my last farm.... Angry I need to have someone build me a strong, coon proof house here on this property. By the way, sorry it took me so long to reply, I am in the process of buying some property for my Mom in Texas. That has been all consuming.
Toni
I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am

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