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Offline Rena

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« on: January 22, 2012, 19:54:23 PM »
What is the herb in the front row - 2nd from right?

And in the middle front row - bloody sorrel (I think) - looks rather tatty - does it have any "uses" - does it warrant having 2 pots full of it?
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Re: 2 questions
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2012, 21:11:55 PM »
Bloody Dock

Culinary Uses:
Young leaves are edible and taste like spinach or chard.
Add an interesting color to salad.

From Mountain Herb Estate website

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 08:11:53 AM »
 :woohoo: Rena

At this distance  ??? It looks like some sort of Thyme ??? What does it smell like ???
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 08:11:53 AM »
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012, 08:27:54 AM »
I would say it's Marjoram - it has a slight camphor fragrance.  Mine unfortunately died, trying to get more to grow from seed if only the doves would stop scratching in the pot. 
http://www.herbgarden.co.za/mountainherb/herbinfo.php?id=53
I have the normal sorrel which is a lovely herb to have.  I take a small leaf along with some chives, a bit of basil, thai basil, oregano, a bit of coriander and parsley, chop it all up and put it in a potato salad.  Yummy.  I have also heard that you can wrap sorrel around a piece of steak to tenderise it.  Not tried yet.  It has a lovely lemony zing to it.
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Re: 2 questions
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2012, 11:18:02 AM »
Lee - thanks for confirming the bloody dock/sorrel (I tried giving it to the pigeons but they turned up their noses (beaks..)

Abby - it doesn't smell like thyme - actually doesn't really smell like anything at all ....? 

Kareen - someone said it's majoram and another argued that it's origanum ??? ??? I'd been googling both of those and was even more confused than before.
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2012, 12:11:17 PM »
The leaf structure of both marjoram and oregano are very similar.  Oregano's leaves are a little more rounded. I will post a pic of my oregano so that you can compare.  Also look on mountain herb estate's webpage (gave you the link), they usually give good descriptions and photos
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2012, 12:23:05 PM »
 ??? ??? ??? Looked at all the oregano and the majoram - now I'm just as confused as you are, Rena :o
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2012, 13:28:26 PM »
 LOL LOL LOL

At least I now know confusion is not just an age-thing ;D
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