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Herb Awareness Day 2017

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Not just rosemary, sage and thyme
Television programs such as My Kitchen Rules, MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook have a lot to answer for, don't you think?

A decade or so ago we would have been satisfied with a chop, accompanied by mashed potato and peas for dinner. Thanks to shows such as the above, and an abundance of celebrity chefs, collectively we seem to have a raised awareness of the simple things we can do to enhance the most basic of meals. A jus with a trace of rosemary for the chop, crushed garlic and chives in the mash, and mint in the peas make for a much more appetising meal.

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Rosemary is wonderful as a enhancement to cooking, as well as keeping bugs at bay when mixed with Lavender

That is just one of the wonderful things about herbs. Yes, herbs. In general use, herbs are any plants used for food or flavouring for their savoury or aromatic properties - such as our rosemary, mint and chives.

Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs from spices. Herbs refer to the leafy green or flowering parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), while spices or medicinal herbs are produced from other parts of the plant (usually dried), including seeds, berries, bark, and the roots. Think having a cup of Ginger tea when suffering from a tummy upset.

The Queensland Herb Society are a group of people interested in learning more about the growth and use of herbs. They meet each month to share and experience the wonders of herbs. Some members are interested in the medicinal aspects of herbs, others the culinary delights and still others the pure joy of gardening with herbs. Their workshops have included soap making with herbs,
making herb infused paper as well as herbal recipes in a jar.

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Qld Herb Society Badge

Personally, I love a herb garden because they don't require a large space. A pot on a balcony will suffice. Indeed I have several herbs growing on window sills having recently downsized.

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Basil growing happily on my kitchen window sill.

Once a year this group hosts a fascinating open day which truly encompasses the club motto of "Learning By Sharing". Herb Awareness Day will be held on Sunday, 28th May, 2017 at the Albion Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Rd, in Windsor and is a great day out for everyone who wants to learn more about growing and using herbs.

There will be herb and plant stalls as well as a vast selection of herb related stalls with everything from preserves, coffee, tea and spices to skincare, bush foods, craft and general gardening items.

There will also be demonstrations and talks about all things herb, which can then be followed by a revitalising break at the Café Sage for delicious, homemade herb inspired food.

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Mint doesn't take up much space in the garden either

Doors open at 9am and close at 4pm and entry is free.

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Lavender is a hardy garden plant and is used in so many ways

I'll be there. Will you?
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Why? Learn how to best use herbs: something new, something natural.
When: 9am till 4pm
Where: Albion Peace Centre, 102 McDonalds Rd, Windsor
Cost: Free Entry
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