8 popular Irish herbs that grow in SA

Irish Cultural Society of San Antonio shares history, uses of herbs from the Emerald Isle

'Tis the season for planting herbs! If you're getting into the Irish spirit, Jane McDaniel with the Irish Cultural Society of SA shares eight popular Irish herbs that grow in San Antonio, their history and how you can use them.

SAN ANTONIO – Springtime is the season for planting herbs. Did you know several herbs that are popular in Ireland actually grow in San Antonio?

For those of us getting into the Irish spirit this week, Ireland native and storyteller Jane McDaniel, president of the Irish Cultural Society of San Antonio, shares eight popular Irish herbs that grow in the Alamo City. She also relates the plants’ background and folklore in Irish history along with their uses.

Watch the video above to learn more about the following herbs:

  • Angelica
  • Borage (or starflower)
  • Chamomile
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Mistletoe
  • Rue
  • Sage

You can find most of these herbs growing at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, where McDaniel was interviewed.

Another popular Irish herb is caraway. Its seeds are used in Irish soda bread.

For more information about the Irish Cultural Society of San Antonio, click here.

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About the Authors:

Diana Winters is a San Antonio-area native, Emmy award-winning and GLAAD-nominated journalist and baker who loves the Alamo City. She is the executive producer of SA Live, creator of South Texas PRIDE and co-creator of Texas Eats.

John has worked his way through the ranks at SA Live. He started as an intern with the show in 2015, and joined the team full time as a photographer in 2017.