Minnesota Herb Society is an organization of herb enthusiasts who come together to encourage the study, the growing, and the use of herbs.
As volunteers, we plant and maintain the designated herb gardens at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Meetings are the 4th Tuesdays of January, March, May, August and October. Contact us to learn more.
Is your Sweet Woodruff blooming yet? Mine has a good start on just popping out of the ground! If you enjoy May Wine you know you need to start on it a year in advance (by drying the stems and flowers) 🙂
Susan Wittig Alberts recipe is a delight. I may alter this a tiny bit but it is still fun to enjoy at MN Herb Society planting day celebrations.
May Wine ...
But it’s the herb’s centuries-old use as a spring drink that we look forward to every year. Since the custom began in Germany, it’s traditional to use Rhine wine. Here’s an easy recipe that will please a crowd. If gathering a group doesn’t seem like a good idea right now, share with your neighbors appropriately socially-distanced over the back fence or out on the front curb of your cul-de-sac. They’ll love it.
1 gallon Rhine wine (use half champagne, if you like)
12-16 sprigs of sweet woodruff, dried overnight in the oven with the pilot light on
1 package frozen strawberries, thawed
1 cup sugar
fresh whole strawberries
Steep the sweet woodruff in the wine for 3-6 days. Chill. Remove the herb and pour chilled wine into a punch bowl over a block of ice. Mash thawed strawberries with a cup of sugar and stir into the wine. Add champagne if you wish, and garnish each cup with a fresh strawberry.
Happy May Day Herbies!
Who is ready for an interesting read this day?
It’s a beautiful day Herbies!
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Hello Herbies! I’m a day late with this post - busy day yesterday - but April 17th was
THANK AN HERBALIST DAY!!
I am so thankful for the herbalist in all of you!!
Couldn’t help it ... Happy National Ag Day!
Happy Spring Equinox Herbies!!
Who’s cleaning today? Since we are practicing social distancing and it’s raining out we are hit with a double - whammy for isolation!
I thought I’d share this idea for lemon infused vinegar...
Stuff a quart jar full of lemon (or orange or a mixture of any citrus) rinds.
Pour 5% acidity white vinegar over all. Run a spatula or butter knife around the inside of the jar to take care of air pockets. Refill jar.
Leave sit on the cupboard for about 2 weeks (or a month or so if you put it in a closet and forget about it 😊)
Strain mixture into glass spray bottles (found on Amazon). Use on kitchen or bathroom countertops for a quick aromatic Spring clean 🍋.
*this is not a germ disinfectant.
credit to Deanna from Homestead and Chill