Barbara Storz

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Garden View: Array of ways to make heart-healthy eating choices

February is National Heart Health month, and filling our plates with naturally, colorful vegetables is important for heart health. Having an array of colorful...

Garden View: The deal with dill

Dill, Anethum graveolens, is an ancient herb that historically, has been used as a culinary herb and an important medicinal herb in several cultures. Dill began in...

Garden View: Stop, smell and make roses into medicinal tea

For centuries, rose petals have been used in making medicinal teas. As we celebrate January as National Tea Month, I thought it would be interesting...

Garden View: Louisiana wormwood, or Estafiate, has antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory properties

Artemisia ludoviciana is known as Louisiana wormwood or Louisiana sagewort, and to Spanish speakers, it is known as Estafiate. This common herb is actually...

Garden View: Power of papaya

Papaya, Carica papaya, is native to southern Mexico and Central America. The Spanish introduced papaya to southern Asia and from there it has spread...

Garden View: Lemongrass for gardens, tea, cuisine and medicine

I had the opportunity to host three women farmers a few years ago for a morning. They were part of an agricultural exchange program...

Garden View: Root Beer Plant medicinal uses date back to Aztec times

SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR The root beer plant or hoja santa, in Spanish, is an aromatic herb used in Mexican cuisine and herbal medicine. It’s...

Garden View: Rosemary, an herb that has many uses and meanings

Rosemary officinalis is a woody perennial plant, and is an ancient herb that is native to the Mediterranean. Rosemary can reach heights of six...

Garden View: From cacao tree to chocolate bar

Chocolate is a product of the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao. The seeds of the tree are encased in a pod that grows along the branches....

Garden View: How to get your garden ready for the fall season

The beginning of fall is the best time for planting trees, shrubs and flowers in the Rio Grande Valley. September and early October are...