The feverfew is flowering in the Lyttleton market garden. It's a wonderful herb for the vegetable patch as it attracts beneficial insects, repels pests, and has wonderful medicinal uses. It can be infused to make a general tonic, which is said to calm nervousness, aid migraines, and even bring down fever. If you would like some cut fresh just ask us in Pantree and will pick some for you!
Today at Lyttleton Gardens, Manu has pruned the fennel herb. The aromatic young fronds and mini-bulbs from it are available in Pantree, perfect for tea, or in salads and fish dishes. Older stalks are almost as strong as bamboo stakes. We'll be using them to stake our broad-bean plants.
So much fresh beautiful lemon balm in our garden! If you would like some please ask in the store or ask in the garden if the gate is open - we will happily pick it fresh for you.
Make a tea from a bunch of lovely fresh lemon balm by infusing the leaves in not quite boiling water, too hot and the flavour cooks - too cool and flavour won't fully come up either. For each big bunch use two cups of water and once the infusion is fully steeped and the flavour is strong, strain the leaves and put into the compost bin.
With the strong tea simmer with half a cup of rapidura or raw sugar, until the mix has reduced from about 2 cups to 1 1/2 cups and put into a sterilised bottle or jar. To sterilise the jar wash thoroughly first, rinse with hot water to get all soap off, then boil in water so that it is piping hot when you pour the syrup into the jar.
Use as cordial, in cakes, on pancakes, in salad dressings or cocktails!