Fall is a Great time to plant many beautiful and tasty easy to grow herbs that thrive in North Texas, and with the holidays fast approaching, planting them now gives them time to grow and flourish before harvesting for your favorite dish!
Its hard to believe there’s only six weeks until Thanksgiving! One of my favorite Thanksgiving herbs that will brighten and spice up any Turkey recipe is culinary sage. Not only does it have cool fuzzy gray foliage but it also has beautiful purple blooms that are also edible. Its easy to harvest by just pulling or cutting of leaves whenever you need it for a recipe.
Thyme, and Rosemary , Parsley and Chives are also great herbs for bringing out flavors and aroma of Turkey and dressing.
The best thing about planting perennial herbs that come back year after year is that we can get multiple harvests and it doesn’t take much of the plant to add big flavor to a recipe. Most of these herbs like Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, will still be green throughout the winter holidays to use for Hanukah, Christmas, Kwannza and even through the new year for gatherings with friends and family. AND are not only great for poultry like turkey or chicken, but also really complement lamb or pork dishes as well!
As a horticulturist, I love vegetables and so many vegetable dishes can be improved by using fresh herbs. Try chives, rosemary and thyme with anything potatoes. But really any of our common herbs and a different dimension to dishes with corn, squash, carrots, greens leafy vegetables or can be used as a garnish for a fancy presentation!
Many of these herbs Especially Rosemary , Thyme (and if it doesn’t get too cold, mint) are ALSO great for dressing up and spicing up cocktails or non-alcoholic mock tails throughout the holiday season as well!
Sage, Varigated Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Flat Parsley, Curled Parsley, Lemon Thyme, Oregano, Golden Oregano, Chives, and Mint are readily available at you local nursery or garden center and can be planted now to be used throughout the Holliday season!
AgriLife has a website WaterUniversity.tamu.edu with more info and even free classes taught around DFW and feel free to contact me anytime on social media with plant questions @TXPlantGuy!
Daniel Cunningham shares some tips on growing herbs in the fall season.