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Why Do My Fresh Herbs Taste Bitter?

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I have never planted herbs before, but went to the nursery and chose 4 for a patio pot. I have chives, lavender, parsley, and rosemary. I pinched them and tasted and they were terribly bitter! So I clipped the old foliage and the new that is growing back is bitter, also. What is wrong? I could never use this in a salad, etc. The worker at the nursery potted them for me, so I don't know what he used. Any ideas? Thanks, as this is my first time asking a question.

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By J.R. from Moultrie, GA

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Anonymous
July 12, 20100 found this helpful

Rosemary and lavender naturally have a bitter taste. There is more than one variety of chives. If you do not pick the flowers off your parsley, they will become bitter or go to seed.

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