This delicate Liquorice herb (Tagetes filifolia) was actually difficult to propagate but so worth the effort for its strong and delicious anise flavour. It’s an annual herb that is part of the Marigold family and originates in Mexico. This herb is a “must” for any liquorice lover, I can’t walk past it without breaking off and eating some of the leaves.
Growing – As this herb is quite rare, it was hard to find much information but I did find this short video clip which may be of interest to you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dq9REWpR-c
This herb likes full sun to part shade and will grow in well-drained soil, only about 25cm high in either pots or the garden. As it grows, the lacey foliage branches out, producing a dense plant of tender leaves and in Winter, delicate white flowers.
Care – Regular watering is required.
Pruning – Regular harvesting will encourage side shoots.
Companion Planting – Unknown, as this is a rare herb there is very little information available.
Pests and Diseases – No known pests or diseases.
Harvest – Harvest by cutting off tips from Spring till Autumn.
Propagation – Seeds in Winter and we have collected some to give back to Seed savers and share with friends and family. We will expect the plant to die after flowering. It is an annual plant, but we have heard it will self-seed.
Health Benefits – Unknown, as this is a rare herb there is very little information available online or in reference books I’ve found.
Eating – Leaves can be used to make tea and flavour drinks; vinegar and food and it is said to be good substitute for Tarragon in cooking and grown as micro greens.
Liquorice tea – cut off about 2 teaspoons of fresh leaves and place into a cup, filled with hot water and let stand for 3-4 minutes. You can also dry leaves for later use.