Lemon Balm –
Melissa officinalis is for anyone who loves lemon. When brushed, the quilted green leaves of this Lemon Balm release a wonderful aroma of lemon. Melissa officinalis is perfect anywhere that you want to enjoy the pleasant fragrance. It also works well in repelling mosquitoes, so plant them near your patio or benches as well. Honeybees love Lemon Balm, so place it near any garden area that needs to be pollinated. After flowering, trim back the stalks to reduce the number of seeds and prevent self-sowing. When you’re barbecuing, place a few stalks on the grill to drive away insects.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Annual – Edible
Green, Light Green
Gather leaves as you need them for use in fruit salads, beverages, or tossed with steamed vegetables. Pair lemon balm with tarragon to spice up marinades for fish or lamb. Steep leaves in hot water for a tummy-taming tea; combine with lemon mint for a refreshing summer brew. Freeze lemon balm leaves in ice cubes for cooling lemonade. Leaves bruise easily; handle with care between picking and use in the kitchen. Preserve lemon balm by drying or stashing in vinegar.