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Old 02-04-2008, 07:37 PM   #11
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Breezy that sounds great!
I have a new Burpee catalog but haven't looked at it yet and can't find it! ..... do you know if they have it?

Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:23 PM   #12
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Basil is my number one fave, too. Then thyme, rosemary, parsley and sage. And oregano and mint and cilantro. All good

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Old 02-04-2008, 11:52 PM   #13
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Basil more basil then curly leaf parsley oregano, nutmeg
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Old 02-05-2008, 12:41 AM   #14
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My absolute favorite is marjoram, then rosemary, Italian flat leaf parsley,thyme and basil...
so glad I'm able to grow all of them...
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:23 PM   #15
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Suziequzie - yes, Burpee does carry it. Here's the link to their online page for it:


Frankly, I'm not a really big fan of Burpee seeds anymore, although I do still buy some of their seeds every year. I'm a little suspicious of Burpee's Lime Basil seeds because they describe them as "mildly citrus". My Lime Basil seeds were so "limey", I was able to use them as garnishes on Margherita cocktails - lol!

I got mine from Cook's Garden Seeds: Cook's Garden

But really - for all intensive purposes, since neither company is claiming a specific varieity other than "Lime Basil", they're probably the same darn seeds. So go with whichever company has whatever else you might want, plus the cheapest shipping.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:41 PM   #16
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I really don't have a "favorite" herb. I tend to cook many different cuisines. If I was young and starting out, I'd probably start with the European basics; that is to say sage and thyme. That said, now that I'm a little older and have such a diverse group of friends, now I can't imagine doing without cinnamon, cardamom, etc. And I still don't keep the spices I'd need to make a good Indian/Pakistan dinner from scratch.

So let us know what kind of food you think you will make most often.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:48 PM   #17
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Basil, cilantro, parsley.......
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Old 02-07-2008, 03:56 PM   #18
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Oh, dear; I was only talking about dried herbs. Now it is under 3' of snow, but in the summer -- parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (is there a song there somewhere?), mint of three different sorts. My neighbors are known to come over and pick. I need a bay plant, and one of our correspondents here is thinking of sending me some herbs not readily available here. DH wishes to tear up my mint patch and re-plant it. Too, I love to grow edible flowers as well to pretty-up a salad.

But the assumption being that you are young and just starting out a pantry. In that case, thyme, sage, oregano, and a couple of bay leaves is a place to start. This will give you a basic stock, gravy, etc.

I have a problem with some herbs; that is to say that basil, mint, and parsley in my opinion are not worth the counter space to keep in the house dried. On the other hand oregano and bay leaves to my taste buds are equally as good dry as fresh. I'm an experienced herb grower and home cook.

As a NOT old hippie (I'm an old soldier) when I say herb, I mean cuilinary. One year I grew papaya in my bathroom (I had a sun window) and had to explain to people that it was NOT pot. Deary me.
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:00 PM   #19
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marjoram, cilantro, fennel, basil, thai basil, pineapple sage, chocolate mint, lemon thyme, curry, rosemary, sage, lemon verbana, and lavender.
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:31 PM   #20
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I like all herbs so I don't have a favorite .

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