If you ever come across verveine (or lemon verbena as we call it stateside), buy it. It's not a common plant on the westcoast so snatch it up as soon as you see it. Like mint, it's a great herb to make a tea out of (just pour boiling water over it and let it steep. The french drink it after a big meal to help digest and chez panisse makes a verbena/mint version that sounds awesome). My aunt always had a bush growing outside the back door so she could take a handful of it and shove it in a teapot.
I bought this little plant at the Descanso plant sale a couple of months ago and plan to use it to experiment with different kinds of iced tea and some of these recipes:
• Lemon Custards with Lemon Verbena
• Lemonade Slushies with Lemon Verbena and Mint
• Raspberry Apricot Compote with Champagne and Lemon Verbena
• Lemon Verbena and Orange Blossom Fizz
Happy weekend, everyone!