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Monday, November 30, 2015

Get Ready For The 25 Days of Herbs and Celebrations of December!

Dear Folks,

25 Days of Herbs and Celebrations

Celebrating the Multicultural festivities of December, I thought I would pick an herb or spice which is referenced in the Bible (land of three of the Major Religions of the world) and used in many cuisines around the entire world, as a way of gathering together all the wealth of diversity around us - in true celebration.  (Pictured are Horseradish, Bay, Garlic and Syrian Oregano (the Hyssop of the Bible).

A note about the herbs and spices I selected. There is agreement on some of the herbs (garlic, onion and mint for example) and some continuing discussion on which plant the Bible referred to.  After many years there is a consensus - although still discussed by some - that the Hyssop of the Bible is Syrian Oregano (Origanum maru).  Since Hyssop (Hyssopus officionalis) is not indigenous to the lands of the BIble but Syrian Oregano is, I have included it as the Biblical plant.

I am including some of the most enjoyed songs of the Christmas and secular celebrations of the month.

Starting tomorrow, December 1st I will be posting a feature each day.

I hope you enjoy this way of celebrating the diversity of December.  I welcome your comments.

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

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Anonymous said...

Good to know. The biblical references are
great trivia and the herbs are great eating.


David Oberpriller said...


As you are aware, I've done a bunch of my own research into Plants of the Bible, generally, and I'll be interested to see what you have come up with. As you commented, there is some controversy among the commentators on which plant a particular Hebrew or Greek word refers to -- so open-mindedness is a good attitude to have; I'll second that! The discussions can get very interesting and educational. Also, the ancients did not divide up their "taxonomy" the same way modern botanists do, so several species (as we know them today) may actually be referred to by the same Greek or Hebrew word.

One minor point -- you mentioned Syrian Oregano (and referred to it by its oft-used name of Bible Hyssop). More accurately, it appears to actually be Old Testament Hyssop. All of the uses of Hyssop in the OT revolve around the concept of purging, purifying, and cleansing. The Hyssop mentioned in the New Testament is probably a different plant (although the Greek word is hyssopos) -- some have claimed it to be a Sorghum or a reed.

Look forward to seeing your blog posts!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate the season!! - Mer

Catherine, The Herb Lady said...

Thank you for all the comments, folks.

FYI David Oberpriller leads a regular Plants of The Bible Tour at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona.