May 31, 2008
When we received our newsletter from the farm last week notifying us what they expected to put in the next week's box, I saw hyssop and went right away to a new screen and googled it.
I guess it is most famous for being mentioned in the New Testament during the crucifixion - they say that a sponge soaked in vinegar was placed on a branch of hyssop and given to Christ before he died.
A/ that's gross - couldn't they give him some water? and
B/ it must have been a different species of hyssop because what I received is only about 8-10" long.
I prefer to remember it as a crucial ingredient of Chartreuse and Absinthe :)
Suggestions from the farm were to use it in a homemade blend of herbes de provence, or to use sparingly in a meat marinade or as stew. I guess it has a kind of anise-y, minty, bitter flavor.
Here you see it drying beneath some heads of garlic - it feels so witchy doing this - I love it.