Bouquet Garni – Week 8 of the Herb CSA

Here we are, the last week in the Herb CSA.  Hopefully it was fun, informative, and worthwhile! Thank you for participating, we appreciate all of your feedback, and hope to see you next year!

Please keep the bag, with our compliments.

This week’s parcel includes 4 bouquet garni & a Strawberry Jam with Thai Herbs. Enjoy your jam now, or save it for a little piece of summer in the middle of winter!

 

As defined by Wikipedia, The bouquet garni [bukɛ ɡaʁni] (French for “garnished bouquet”) is a bundle of herbs usually tied together with string and mainly used to prepare soup, stock, and various stews. The bouquet is cooked with the other ingredients, where the leaves soften and fall off, leaving the stems to be easily removed after cooking. You can also dry the bouquet; as a dried, ground blend, add 2 teaspoons of the bouquet at the beginning of cooking to a dish made to serve four. Another method is to use it as a basting brush for melted butter, or separate it and use the herbs individually.

There is no generic recipe for bouquet garni, but most recipes include thyme and bay leaf. Depending on the recipe, the bouquet garni may also include parsley, basil, burnet, chervil, rosemary, peppercorns, savory and tarragon. Vegetables such as carrot, celery (leaves or leaf stalks), celeriac, leek, onion and parsley root are sometimes included in the bouquet.

Sometimes, the bouquet is not bound with string, and its ingredients are filled into a small sachet, a net, or even a tea strainer, instead. Traditionally, the aromatics are bound within leek leaves, though a coffee filter (or cheesecloth) and butcher twine can be used, instead.


Bay Laurel

Traditional:

Thyme, Marjoram, Parsley & Bay Leaf (Dried Bay, as it imparts much more flavor than fresh)

This bouquet can be used in any manner as suggested above.

 

In Roman culture, laurel was held as a symbol of victory. It is also the source of the words baccalaureate and poet laureate, as well as the expressions “assume the laurel” and “resting on one’s laurels”. Ovid tells the story in the Metamorphoses that the laurel tree was first formed when the nymph Daphne changed into a laurel tree because of Apollo’s pursuit of her. Daphne is the Greek name for the tree.


Rosemary

Savory:

Basil, Oregano, Sage, Chives & Rosemary

This bouquet can be used in any manner as suggested above.

 

In the Middle Ages, rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies. The bride would wear a rosemary headpiece and the groom and wedding guests would all wear a sprig of rosemary, and from this association with weddings, rosemary evolved into a love charm. Newlywed couples would plant a branch of rosemary on their wedding day. If the branch grew, it was a good omen for the union and family. If a young person would tap another with a rosemary sprig and if the sprig contained an open flower, it was said that the couple would fall in love. 


Burnet2

Cool:

Burnet, Fennel Frond, French Tarragon & Green Dill Seed

This bouquet can be used in any manner as suggested above.

 

In Greek mythology, Prometheus used the stalk of a fennel plant to steal fire from the demigods. Also, it was from the giant fennel, Ferula communis, that the Bacchanalian wands of the demigod Dionysus and his followers were said to have come. 


Holy Basil2

Bohemian:

Lovage, Holy Basil, Shiso & Hyssop

This bouquet can be used in any manner as suggested above.

 

The Romans and Ancient Greeks used Lovage a great deal. They would chew the seeds to help digest their foods & candy the stems. The Romans brought it to Britain, where it now grows wild. Lovage dug up at night on Good Friday would reputedly help ward off either witches or the influence of the Devil.


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Strawberry Jam with Thai Herbs

Canning for a New Generation, by Liana Krissoff, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2010

Strawberries, Sugar, Lemon Juice, Cilantro, Holy Basil, Mint

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