New Mexico Herbs and Remedies




The term "herbs" means dried plant products, especially their green succulent parts, which are used for culinary purposes. Herb originated from the Latin word "herba," which means "green crops." Herbs are grown to add piquancy to cooking, for fragrance and decoration, and in a limited way for medicinal use. Competition in producing and marketing herbs is very intense. Producers range from large corporations to small entrepreneurs and hobbyists.

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Herbs may be classified in the same manner as many other plants -- as annual, perennial and biennial. Examples of annual herbs are borage, basil, dill and summer savory. However, they can be started from seed if grown outdoors in late April or early May. Borage, basil and dill produce a large number of seeds and may start again the following year on a volunteer basis. Perennial and biennial herbs that can survive winters include parsley, spearmint, peppermint, fennel and horseradish. Spearmint, peppermint and horseradish can withstand all but the most extreme winters. In fact, horseradish is so competitive that it can become an invasive pest if left unchecked. On the other hand, fennel and parsley should be protected as they may only survive a mild winter climate. Perennials generally take a longer period of time to begin full production. Herbs that are also classified as vegetables include garlic, peppers and mints.



Dried Herbs




Rubs and Oils






Wild Tabacco