The 2016 Herb of the year as declared by The International Herb Association is "Capsicum" (pictured above). The Capsicum genus, chili represents a diverse plant group. It includes the sweet green bell pepper to the fiery hot, chili and habaneros. When Columbus tasted the small red berries he found on his voyage, he believed he had reached India and called them red pepper. Capsicum has been used for 7,000 years, but is still an essential ingredient--in the fastest growing food sector in the U.S., "Mexican or Southwestern food." It is used as a food flavoring, a coloring agent, a pharmaceutical ingredient, and other innovative ways. The uses have grown exponentially.
Please join the Herb Society of America-Wisconsin Unit at our
8th Annual Herb Fair at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners, WI
Saturday, May 28, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The 2016 Notable Native this year, as declared by the Herb Society of America is Pycnanthemum Michx., otherwise known as thin-leaf Mountainmint. (Pictured below) There are roughly 20 species of Pycnanthemum native specifically to North America. French botanist Andre Michaux called the fragrant plant mountain mint after encountering it while exploring for useful plants in Pennsylvania around 1790. They grow about 3 feet tall, and are a repellent.