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Herb of the Year

The International Herb Association (IHA) and the Herb Society of America have been granting Herb of the Year status to assorted plants since 1995.


From the IHA website: "The International Herb Association (IHA) is a professional trade association providing educational, service and development opportunities for those involved in herbal endeavors. Since its inception in 1985, the IHA has encouraged herbal entrepreneurs.  Through its newsletters, publications and conferences the association offers guidance as an association of peers supporting herbal businesses.  The IHA strives to provide the latest information on growing, marketing and using herbs and involves its membership in the decision-making process."


From the Herb Society's website: "The Herb Society of America is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community."


Interview with an Herb

Herb of the Year 2010: Dill, Weed and Seed


We scored an interview with this hot celebrity called Dill. It's the Herb of the Year for 2010. We got the dish on known associates, close friends and relatives. We also get down to earth about just what it needs to be kept happy. It's all news that you need to know!

An old friend has been given special honor this year. Bay leaves are to serve as the Herb of the Year for 2009. We offer nine ways to salute this special plant that is much more versatile than you may think.

All About Calendula: Herb of the Year 2008

So many stories, so many names, our Herb of the Year for 2008 is as fun to read about as it is to look at. To dream of marigolds, legend has it, foretells great riches and success. But calendula, not marigold, is the Herb of the Year. What's in a name? Read on…

All About Lemon Balm, Herb of the Year 2007


Lemon balm may not be much to look at but the delightful fragrance is irresistible to children, bees and gardeners. Don't be confused by its many names. Try it in your tea or sniff it to lift your spirits, you can call it whatever you like. You will surely call it yummy when you prepare this tasty side dish of Snow Peas with Almonds and Lemon Balm.

Herb of the Year 2006: A Salute to Scented Geraniums


Perhaps I went overboard but once I heard the Scented Geranium was the Herb of the Year, I ordered eight! Each one has a different leaf type and a scent all its own. The flower may not be much to look at but it is an enchanting plant all the same.

Herb of the Year 2005: Oregano, Family and Friends


Oregano isn't new, it isn't even trendy but as the 2005 Herb of the Year, it is certainly worthy. Here we present a celebration of the many varieties of oregano complete with growing information, sources and recipes.

Here's one that's full of our favorite recipes because we wrote the book! It is also full of information, helpful hints and ideas for using herbs and spices in your kitchen.

Tea is an herb too, and can make a delicious addition to a wide variety of foods. Here are 100 recipes to get you started.

Straight from the experts with a bonus chapter of stunning photos and information about the National Herb Garden in Washington, D.C.

Herb of the Year 2004: Good Old Garlic


It may not be news to the readers of this site that garlic is great. There is no better time to celebrate our old friend than while it reigns as Herb of the Year. We have put together a collection of ways to get the party underway.  Follow these links to festivals, recipes, gardens and more, all in the name of garlic.



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