Salad Burnet: a Hardy Herb
Living in a cold climate, that has a growing season, that is only 90 days long; I am always on the lookout for plants that appreciate the climate. Salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor) is one that does.
Salad Burnet forms clumps as it grows and is a member the Rose family (Rosaceae). Salad Burnet is a native of Europe and Asia and appreciates chalky (alkaline) soils. It was cultivated in medieval gardens and is now naturalized in much of North America, and often is found growing near country roadsides and meadows throughout England.
The flowers are attractive and deep red in colour and form tightly packed globular head in late summer. The leaves are a grey-green. This is a plant that is ideal for garden pathways between the paving stones as it will release a pleasant fragrance when trod upon.
Salad Burnet is a cut and come again plant. Use a sharp pair of scissors to harvest the young leaves and sue them right away.
The young leaves add a cucumber like flavour to a salad and it is this quality that makes this herb doubly appealing personally; not only will it grow well where I live but the flavour is a favourite.
The taste of cucumber always takes me back to when my grandmother and I used to enjoy lunch together and a cucumber sandwich was often the main course.
The young leaves of Salad Burnet make great vinegar and the leaves will be reusable in a salad even after they have been immersed in the vinegar.
Vinegars add flavour to your meals and at the most basic level the reason for French fries is to serve as a delivery vehicle for vinegar.
Plants that serve more than one purpose are appealing. After all, you make the effort to provide the plant with the light, air, water and food it needs to thrive why not receive multiple benefits in return; this is simply a wise investment of yoru time and resources.
Salad Burnet is an attractive plant so can enhance your garden’s eye appeal and provides leaves for salad and vinegar. Once it is established it will thrive and continue to provide you these benefits over the years and all you need to do is make sure the plant’s basic needs are met. Simple enough and yet, the basis of all gardening, meeting the plant’s need while providing for your own.
- Salad Burnet
there is one herb that seems to bridge the gap between the summer herbs and those of winter -- Salad Burnet.
- Growing and Using Salad Burnet
Tips for growing and using salad burnet-a cucumber tasting herb.
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