Tagetes minuta
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Annual
When to Sow: Spring Ease of Germination: Easy
(Black mint marigold; Aji huacatay) Little known outside of the Andes in South America, this herb is essential for traditional Peruvian dishes such as ocapa, a potato dish, and in aji verde, a Peruvian salsa served with grilled chicken and fish. It features also in locro, a stew made with pumpkin and potatoes. The taste is a complex mix of basil, tarragon, mint and lime, with an agreeable bitter edge -- which is why it is so intriguing, and addictive! We hear of people who fall in love with this herb, finding that it works well in just about any savoury dish. Vinaigrette? Yes! Marianades for chicken or pork? Yes! Salsas, pestos? Yes! Soups, stews, even pizzas? Yes, yes and yes! One foodie wrote that it is an excellent substitute for cilantro for those who cannot stand that herb. As an added bonus it is also a weedkiller plant and can help control nematodes and insect pests. Very easy to grow, but know that it can reach heights of 2m (6ft), so give it room.
S3384 Seeds
Not to Calif
S3384 Bulk Seeds
Not to Calif
$8.00/10g, $65.00/100g
Currency: United States Dollar

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