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Herbs Take Center Stage

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Mild-flavored herbs deserve starring roles

Is there anything in the world of food more lonely and pathetic than a single spring of parsley sitting on top of a main dish? Before anyone on this side of the Atlantic had heard of tabbouleh or pesto, that was pretty much the extent of our understanding of parsley.  Today, herbs like parsley, cilantro, and basil have become important elements of our culinary culture. Just look at......read more

Growing Basil

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Wilder Quarterly dishes some wisdom on growing the world's most versatile herb

Whoever said that print is dead clearly hasn't picked up Wilder Quarterly, the Brooklyn-based journal filled with pages that star "half-green thumbs, rooftop gardeners, foodies and chefs, laymen hikers, landscape architects, hobby farmers, horticulturalists, nature’s innovators, amateurs, and experts." It's definitely on our shortlist for top magazines on the newsstand. The WQ blog delivers......read more

Urban Farm Pops Up in Midtown Manhattan

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Veggies and herbs thrive in space where development stalled

For a nice example of an economic slump yielding positive results, check out this ingenious urban farm that has popped up in midtown Manhattan, where the recession halted development of the Alexandria Center, a bioscience complex just east of FDR Drive. When the project stalled, the developer leapt on the opportunity to use the space to grow fresh produce for Riverpark, the Tom Colicchio......read more

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