Friday Catalog Review – Richters Herbs

Wow! I didn’t realize that we haven’t had a new catalog review since mid-December. Christmas and New Year’s sure tend to take a chunk out of the end/beginning of the year.

To get back in the swing of things, let’s take a look at the 2010 Richters Herb Catalogue. Richters is a Canadian company, but we won’t hold that against them. They are (from what I can tell) the most complete mail-order catalog source for herbs. You name it, they pretty much have it. That being said, I’m going to have a hard time limiting myself to only “new” products with all the intriguing things they have in their catalog.

African Spice Basil – New this year, they found this basil growing in coastal West Africa. The catalog reads “a blend of spices and florals, with a hint of citrus.” Seems like something to try out if you are a basil lover!

(Okay, this is amusing – Chickweed seeds – “can be invasive.” Uh huh. Understatement. If you need seeds for this I’m sure you can find a neighbor with a chickweed patch to get some from.)

Leisure Cilantro – Heat tolerant, bolt resistant, high yielding…we can always use another good summer cilantro variety to try out!

Green Sleeves Dill – Normally I would have skipped this, but since it is the Herb of the Year this year, I thought I’d toss this one out there. Again, very resistant to bolting (flowering).

Lemon Sculpture Scented Geranium – A very upright geranium with leaves that stick straight out. Very bizarre appearance, but could be fun in a pot.

Citrus Marigolds – A gorgeous, tiny, edible flower that lacks any of the annoying pungency of regular marigolds. They have the full array of yellow, orange, and red flowers. Citrus flavor is good for making sauces.

Mints – They have pretty much every possible flavor of mint imaginable, and then some. Banana mint, anyone?

Lemon Savory – Savory itself isn’t a very common herb in the U.S., and this lemon savory is something else all together. It is a bit finicky though!

Okay, that’s enough of the individual listings. In addition to selling seeds and/or plants of tons of different herbs, you can also buy dried herbs from them. They also have a whole range of medicinal herbs, which I am less interested in, but some of you might like.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on January 22, 2010, in Around the Garden and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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