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What are Pot Herbs?

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Q. My grandmother passed on a lot of home-made soup recipes to me recently that I grew up with but most of them require "pot herbs," which I cannot find in my local supermarkets. Do you know of any place that I can find this or what it consists of?

A. A potherb, or pot herb, was a term widely used in the 16th to 19th centuries to refer to any plant with stalks and leaves that could be boiled as greens or used in soups. It also refers to cooking herbs, as opposed to medicinal herbs. That doesn’t really narrow your choices down much; we’d suggest using whatever fresh herbs you particularly like in your grandmother’s recipes.

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