Thursday, December 5, 2019

Cooking Up Stories: Herbs and Spices in Folklore, Myth, and Legend

A Dinner of Herbs
George W. Joy

While National  Herb and Spices Day isn’t until June 10 the holiday season finds many of us baking and cooking up a storm. I thought I would share some of these tales now in case you want a taste of some stories to spice up your winter repertories.

Happy holidays one and all! May you be surrounded by those you love and those who love you.


The Discovery of Salt – China

The Dreammaker – Scotland

Epsen Ashlad and Redfoks – Norway

King’s for Breakfast! - Hindu

Lion Who Took Woman’s Shape – South Africa

Love Like Salt Fourteen versions from around the world.

The Maiden Who Loved a Star – Native American

Redfox and Askeladden – Norway (An adapted version of Epsen Ashlad and Redfoks)

Salt - Russia

The Turtle and the Lizard - Philippines

Why Dogs Sniff - Portugal


5 DIY Decorating Ideas to Deck the Halls (with Herbs!)

Cinnamon-n-Spice Ornaments Herbal Style

Cinnamon-n-Spice Ornaments Craft Style

Herbal Play Dough


Recipes with Spices and Herbs

A Taste of Home: 57 Recipes with Fresh Herbs


Granny Sue’s News and Reviews Herbal Legend and Lore: Rosemary, Sage, Fennel and Marjoram

Herb Facts for Kids

Herbal Folktales for Fall – This blog has wonderful information about herbs that would be delightful, educational additions to herbal stories in your repertoire.

Into the Woods: The Folklore of Food by Terri Windling

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