Herb Identification

pete

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#1 looks like one of the mint family or lemon balm

#2 I'm not positive about

#3 some variety of thyme

#4 some variety of sage

#5 I'm not sure about
 
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Thanks everyone.  I was pretty sure (very actually) about all but the sage...the sage does indeed lack flavour and won't be my first choice for pasta sauce.  One interesting note, the sage didn't really taste like anything until it got a bit older and matured a touch.  Now it's definitely sage-ey!
 

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#1  The leaves look a little too rounded for it to be spearmint but it is definitely in the mint family.
 
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Oregano tends to have shorter, rounder leaves. Too dark to take a picture of mine out in the garden.

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ah okay...another interesting fact is that my original thoughts were as these plants were quite young....#2 had a lot smaller, and rounder, leaves when I made the original assessment....still doesn't smell or taste like much though...I'll try to dry some out a bit and see if I can compare to prepared.

Thanks again!
 
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#1 Apple mint (although it does have similarities to lemon balm in looks it has the telltale deep veins that give it away as apple mint)

#2 Mexican oregano (however, it would depend on the colour of flower it puts out)

#3 Lemon Thyme

#4 Purple sage

#5 Tricolor sage
 
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Yeah #1 is apple mint I use it a lot.  Lemon balm leaves don't grow irregular always 4 leaves cross shape.

I find it easier to identify herbs by smell rather than sight.  Someone invent smell-o-vision already
 
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I miss Forage, a restaurant that was here in Salt Lake City just a few blocks from my house. They had quite an extensive herb garden out back of the place. Of course, whenever I happened to walk by on my evening strolls I would never consider rummaging through it, trying to identify by sight and taste what all the various plants would be.

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As my tab says I'm just a home cook, not a pro by any means......and as such I get to learn things that are common to others and revel in the excitement of discovery.  My wife and I had the good fortune to dine at Chef Michael Smith's place (you Canucks know what I mean) and there was a herb garden in the complex.  I spotted old #5 there and got schooled that it's grapefruit mint.  Upon return home and testing - yep.  That's what it is.
 

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