Hyssop is a perennial herb that sports long-lasting, beautiful blooms. This fragrant plant will attract butterflies and bees to your garden, and is easy to grow. Hyssop leaves can be used in recipes, and its flavor is suitable for salads, meats, soups, and other dishes. It is a member of the mint family.
Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:
Hyssop grows best in full sun (it can handle part sun) in well-drained soil, with plenty of room for its roots to grow. It can do fine in a container as long as it has enough space. It loves sunlight and can deal with dry, rocky conditions. Hyssop can grow up to 2 feet tall and does not need very much maintenance.
You can grow hyssop to attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Hyssop plants can make a good hedge if its growth is kept in check.
Dry harvested hyssop by hanging stems upside down for them to dry, then storing leaves and flowers in and airtight container. You can also use the plant fresh from the garden, or store them in a cool place for a short period of time.
Recipes/How to Use:
Use hyssop in stews, soups, salads, meat dishes, and teas. Keep in mind that hyssopís flavor is quite strong and should not be overdone in recipes.
1 tablespoon dried hyssop, or 3 tablespoons fresh hyssop
Water for 1 mug of tea
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
Sugar or honey, to taste
Boil water. Pour over the hyssop leaves in a mug and allow to steep for about 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and sweetener. Serves 1.