Monday, March 10, 2008

Westside Plant Nurseries for Fresh Herbs

In my opinion, nothing adds that extra sumthin' sumthin' to cooking like fresh herbs. Even if you're cooking with the last frozen and canned morsels you have in the house, adding fresh herbs just makes everything come to life.

To that end, it's time here in southern California when the nights aren't so cold and buying herb plants to leave outside your door ready and waiting for a quick snip is doable. My challenge will be preventing the delicate basils and cilantros from burning up in the mid-day sun.

I thought I'd share with you two of my favorite places for plants and herbs. They are both Japanese owned and right next to each other (not counting the Chinese Baptist church in between them) on Sawtelle Blvd in West Los Angeles between Santa Monica and Olympic Blvds, on the west side of the street. Pop into both of them and get what you need, as each has a different selection.

Be sure to go to the back of Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursery and stroll their amazing bonsai garden. You may want to treat yourself to one!

Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursery
1905 Sawtelle Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025

1935 Sawtelle Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025