A few weeks ago, we used our eyes to examine the different flowers and our noses to check the different fragrances of the blossoms. Today we decided to experience nature using our taste buds to sense the differences around us.
I topped up my collection of herbs, yesterday. We lost so many plants over the winter. I took a sample from each of these herbs, plus from some in the garden. The girls had familiar and unfamiliar ones to try. I labelled them up on a piece of paper, with a crib sheet to remind me what they were! We then went up to the orchard and sat among the falling blossom and daisies.
The two girls took it very seriously. They loosely identified quite a few of the herbs. They chose their favourites and described the general tastes. Some they recognised by sight, but still played along by talking about the taste. They also came up with ideas about how we can use them. I think they may be the only ones in the family enthusiastic to try chive ice cream.
For supper, we included some of the herbs in our meal: chives with the tomatoes, thyme and sage with the roast potatoes and lemon balm and coriander with the salad. At the table, they happily chatted about the uses, benefits and subtle differences in the tastes of the herbs.
I want to do this again with them. It would be interesting to do this with different types of apples or tomatoes. The list is, of course, endless. It might be fun to make it a blind tasting next time. This exercise really stretched their describing vocabulary and opened their eyes, or should that be taste buds, to new flavours. Neither of them bulked at trying something different.
Just in case you are wondering, the herbs were:
B. Lemon thyme
C. Mint Eau de cologne
D. Pineapple mint
F. Lemon Balm
G. Curly spearmint
I’m linking this up to The Magic Onion’s Friday Nature Table. For more nature inspiration, skip over there and have a look at the other contributions. So many great ideas in one place.
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