At the last ‘Seed Savers’ event, I was given clippings of lemon verbena (Aloysia Citrodora). Oh my goodness, the smell was surprisingly divine – can’t believe I have never smelt or even heard of lemon verbena before.
In a few days the leaves dried completely, inspiring me to try lemon verbena tea. Very basically, I crushed up the leaves and added them to a tea leaf strainer. Added boiling water to a mug and wahlah! Again nothing earth shattering scientific – very basic but pleasantly refreshing.
Apparently fresh lemon verbena leaves can be used like a herb, adding flavour to fish and poultry dishes.
I’m thinking I would like to grow my own verbena plant. I’ll have a ponder as to where it would be best to grow a three metre shrub that prefers good drainage soil. Perhaps not where the recent flash flood ‘river’ flowed.