Roosevelt HS ESP students explore garden herbs

The Roosevelt HS of Environmental & Social Policy garden is growing day by day, particularly the herbs! The garden boasts a large oregano patch, a very full parsley plant, rosemary, and basil. During the beginning classes for ESP in the garden, students explored, observed, smelled, and tasted the variety of herbs that the garden has growing. When asked how they or their families use herbs in the kitchen, many students refer to the traditional Mexican soup, Pozole, a very flavorful soup in which the primary herb is oregano. Towards the end of the garden tour the students had the chance to smell and taste the basil plant, an herb that is found in many gardens and used in many culinary adventures. This brought us the opportunity to taste the pesto made with the basil from Luther Burbank MS. A delicious snack of crackers, tomato, and basil were sampled around the class. Students became so excited with the taste of the pesto that they went around the garden to pick other vegetables to try with the pesto. This was a very popular snack, and one that will be repeated in all garden classes!

The Roosevelt HS ESP logo, embodying knowledge and environmental awareness.

The Roosevelt HS ESP logo, embodying knowledge and environmental awareness.

Crackers with tomato and pesto. Save for a few reserved palates, most students were eager to try and enjoy the snack.

Crackers with tomato and pesto. Save for a few reserved palates, most students were eager to try and enjoy the snack.

 

Layers of flavor. Purple cauliflower from the garden, pesto, and tomato. Flavor explosion!

Layers of flavor. Purple cauliflower from the garden, pesto, and tomato. Flavor explosion!