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.
I recently received a call from MN Herb Society member Aly Sayre. She is currently living in Tucson and contending with wild fires. We talked for quite a while as she shared highlights of her early days with the MN Herb Society. Aly, along with a few other HS members, designed the herb gardens at Bakken. She also designed the Mary Garden at the Basilica of St. Mary. She sent me all of her plans and research for these gardens and also this article in the Minneapolis paper. Enjoy this read and appreciate all the talented people we have in our Society!! *these items are now included in our History files.
Happy Nat’l Coffee Day!! ☕️
Most people don’t think of coffee as an herb. However, if we define an herb as a medicinal plant, then not only is coffee an herb, it’s one of the most popular herbs in the world, with over 500 billion cups of coffee being drunk annually and over 75 million people making their livelihood from coffee.
September 16 was Nat’l Avocado Day! One of my favorite ways to use avocados (next to avacado toast) is guacamole!
Guacamole is easy to make. You need avocados, a little lime or lemon juice, to balance out the richness of the avocado, and then you can add chili’s, spices and herbs and vegetables of your choice.
The word “guacamole” and the dip are originally from Mexico where avocados have been cultivated for thousands of years. The name is derived from two Aztec Nahuatl words - ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce).
How to Make Perfect Guacamole Recipe
Prep time: 10 minutesYield: Serves 2-4
Be careful handling chiles if using. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or the area near your eyes with your hands for several hours.
2 ripe avocados
1/4 teaspoon of salt, more to taste
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or lemon juice
2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup of minced red onion or thinly sliced green onion
1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped
A dash of freshly grated black pepper
1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
Red radishes or jicama, to garnish
Tortilla chips, or fresh vegetables to serve.
Many MN Herb Society members read Susan Wittig Alberts books (do you know China Bayles??!) but did you know she has a monthly newsletter? So many fun, interesting and educational facts!
We had a gathering yesterday and I forgot to take pictures!!
MN Herb Society members met at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park for a book exchange. We also shared garden produce and had a sale on a few handmade products. It was such a lovely day and it was so nice to see members. We even had 4 new members show up. I had a great time catching up and meeting new people. I brought a bunch of old books and came home with a couple new ones. I found some treasures also. A while after talking about books and produce we had lunch. We each brought our own bag lunch and kept our distance while eating.
Covid is keeping us from doing so many things this summer. It was so nice to meet and see all of you even if it was while masked and keeping a distance!