8 Unusual Herbs to Grow This Season Slideshow

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Chocolate Mint
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Chocolate Mint
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A perennial with the sweet smell of a peppermint patty, chocolate mint makes an excellent addition to mixed drinks, teas, and chocolaty desserts.

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Megan Murphy

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Lemon Basil
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Lemon Basil
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With a citrusy scent and a spicy edge, lemon basil is a pungent plant that works beautifully when layered in salads or mixed into sauces and cocktails.

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Conehead Thyme
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Conehead Thyme
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Boasting lovely purple blooms and a peppery jalapeño flavor, conehead thyme can spice up stir-fries and add gusto to breads and marinated meats.

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Xenomorf

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Lemon Verbena
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Lemon Verbena
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With natural therapeutic properties, lemon verbena is a smart way to add a citrusy twist to a range of foods, gin- and vodka-based cocktails, and fruit sorbets. 

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Purple Sage
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Purple Sage
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With a spicier quality than regular sage, this purple variety will add a vibrant color pop to salads and can pep up roasts, vegetable dishes, and stuffings. 

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Megan Murphy

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Marjoram
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Marjoram
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Common in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, marjoram has a mild, sweet flavor with a hint of balsam, and can pleasantly complement savory recipes. 

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Thai Basil
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Thai Basil
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Native to Southeast Asia, Thai basil features a sweet licorice scent and distinct taste. The small, aromatic leaves are commonly used to enhance ethnic dishes. 

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Summer Savory
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The lilac flowers on summer savory may look delicate, but this edible herb can bring a bold punch of flavor to soups, stews, marinades, meats, and vegetables. 

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