2009 Herb of the Year: Selecting the Herb of the Year


Rob Cardillo

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Every year since 1995, the International Herb Association (IHA) has chosen an Herb of the Year to highlight. The IHA horticultural committee, with guidance from University of Illinois horticultural specialist Chuck Voigt, evaluates possible choices based on the herb being outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: medicinal, culinary or decorative. Other herb organizations throughout the country support the Herb of the Year selection and work together to educate the public about these herbs during the year.

Herbs of the Year: Past, Present and Future

• Fennel
• Monarda
• Thyme
• Mint
• Lavender
• Rosemary
• Sage
• Echinacea
• Basil
• Garlic
• Oregano & Marjoram
• Scented geraniums
• Lemon balm
• Calendula
• Bay laurel
• Dill
• Horseradish
• Rose
• Elderberry
• Artemisia
• Savory

Click here for the original article, 2009 Herb of the Year: Bay (Laurus Nobilis).