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HERB OF THE YEAR

 
2019 - Anise
2018 - Hops
2017 - Coriander
2016 - Pepper
2015 - Artemisia
2014 - Tarragon

Herb of the Year: Anise Hyssop

Looking to 2019 Herb of the Year: Anise Hyssop

 

Although we are enjoying Hops, which is Herb of the Year 2018, we are gearing up for Agastache, Herb of the Year for 2019. Agastache includes other herbs besides anise hyssop (some even mint scented), however we are concentrating on the anise-scented one here.

 

While commonly called anise hyssop, the odor is more similar to French tarragon, though sweeter, with a hint of basil. The foliage and flowers taste similar to the aroma-sweet, with the licorice of tarragon and basil-and just a bit floral.

 

Harvesting and preserving

 

For tea, harvest leaves early in the day during a sunny, rain-free spell close to when the plants will be flowering. Then dry the leaves and store them in glass jars. Anise hyssop makes an unusual vinegar for salads and a tasty cordial if you like sweet licorice. Our friend puts anise hyssop in his vodka, which he keeps in the freezer, for a preferred libation. Leaves are sometimes candied as a confection for desserts. Blossoms are often harvested fresh as edible flowers for salads, beverages, syrups, and desserts.

 

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