The San Antonio Herb Market springs to life again at the Pearl Brewery on Saturday. At this free event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can purchase herbs both familiar and exotic, and celebrate this year’s “Herb of the Year” — the rose.
They make their selections based on the herb being outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: culinary, medicinal, or ornamental. While the rose’s overwhelming popularity is as the fragrant mainstay of a gorgeous display, in a garden or in a vase, the petals also can be eaten.
In fact, one of the presentations on Saturday will be from 12-1 p.m. with chef Stephen McHugh, who will offer pointers on Cooking with Rose.
You’ve heard of rosewater, or seen rose petals in salads from time to time. If you haven’t cooked with rose petals, we link to this recipe from herbalist Susan Bellsinger, for Rose and Pistachio Scones. Put a basketful of these delicious surprises on your next brunch table!
The featured speaker of this year’s San Antonio Herb Market is Robbi Daves Will. She has been in the green industry more than 30 years, working with native plant production, landscape construction, retail and wholesale nurseries.
Other presentations during the day will include an Ask the Experts session, Growing Herbs, Rose-Herb of the Year, Rainwater Catchment, a drip irrigation discussion and more. (See list.)
Among this year’s vendors are the Antique Rose Emporium, Country Lane Growers, Fanick’s Garden Center, Imagine Lavender, the San Antonio Herb Society, Farm Fresh Soaps and more. (See list.)