Kelly the Culinarian: Food find: U.S. Botanic Garden

Monday, December 17, 2007

Food find: U.S. Botanic Garden

Going along with the museum theme of the day, let me introduce you to the U.S. Botanic Garden. While there was nothing there to eat the day my sister and I visited, I did go there for HerbDay a few weeks ago.

Regardless, the Botanic Garden is an interesting place. It's not just pretty plants, although the poinsettias they have on display there these days are more like floral bushes than tabletops blooms. Also, they have an amazing outdoor Chihuly glass display, when weather permits.

In addition to a plethora of lectures and workshops, the displays help you understand where your food comes from. There are displays of healing plants along with some interesting pepper plants. I didn't even know peppers came as tiny as the ones I found. Another interesting, interactive display is Plants in Culture, which shows different uses and products made with plants. There are also these cool little flowers with herbs in the middle that visitors can take a whiff of. Katie's taking a sniff of a couple of flowers that represent the spices in jambalaya.

It's not exactly a tasty place, but it's interesting to see how important these plants are to how we view the world as well as our dishes. It's a great place to visit to learn some uncommon knowledge about your favorite common ingredients


Dagny said...

Mmmmm. Jambalaya. Need to add that to my list of things to cook in the near future.

Unknown said...

I would have loved to go on Herb Day! :)

Celine said...

Yea, it's good to learn about the herbs which we can apply in suitable dish...