Thursday, October 01, 2009
October, Herbs and Festivals~
A bit of trivia...."Oktoberfest" a Bavarian holiday first and foremost, with Munich, Germany as the focal point of the history.
Oktoberfest originated as a horse race honoring the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810. And though Oktoberfest originated as a one-day commemoration, it has, over the years turned into a festival that can run for 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the location.
October is the beginning of the fall festivals and regardless where one lives, something is available. And if not...a festival isn't hard to put together, plan your own.
Herb of October...."Tarragon" is an herb I don't use much at all except in the fall of the year. It imparts a warm subtle taste that is just perfect for comforting days of early fall.
Tarragon is an important part of "fines herbs" a blend I enjoy for fish and fish stews, scrambled eggs and tomato dishes.
Tarragon also makes a delicious vinegar blend for Bearnaise, tarter and hollandaise sauces and a butter that is fabulous on steak, chops and grilled fish, chicken and most any other meat.
Tarragon leaves are rich in iodine, mineral salts, vitamin A and C.
It is used on tooth-aches in the alternative medicine field.
In most areas it will not survive the winter, cut it back and cover with leaves for protection from the harshness of freezing. In the spring uncover and it will spring up healthy as ever.
Recipe....Put a few sprigs of Tarragon in a bottle of white wine vinegar and allow to sit for at least 7 days. Add a small amount to a bit of avocado oil and small amount of agave nectar to dress a salad. Yummy !