Parsley, sage and a yummy weed

THERE’S herbs everywhere if you know where to look, Regina Drummond says, even amongst the “weeds”.

Ms Drummond is an expert from the Herb Society of WA, having joined up years ago on a simple quest to find some comfrey for a compost starter.

That led her down the herby rabbit hole and now a day barely goes by that she’s not cooking, healing, making cosmetics or keeping away garden pests with a handy herb.

She also specialises in edible “weeds”, which most people walk straight past.

• Regina Drummond says we often overlook how many herbs are around us, including the weeds. Photo by Steve Grant

• Regina Drummond says we often overlook how many herbs are around us, including the weeds. Photo by Steve Grant

”A lady rang up asking about about where she could get dried rosemary. If you buy rosemary most of it comes from Turkey. I was talking to her and saying you could just pick it.”

You do have to know what you’re dealing with and where to get it: “Fennel has taken off right down Spearwood, Wanneroo ways many years ago,” she says

But not all growing spots are equal: “It’s not such a bright idea to pick it when it’s right by the side of the road and covered in fumes.”

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And a lot of edible plants look suspiciously close to ones that’ll make you sick. The first rule: “Make sure you know what it is!”

Ms Drummond is holding her workshop Herbs for all Seasons at the Bayswater public library on September 21, 10.30am. It’s free but register on 9271 2340.

by DAVID BELL

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