Herbs on a Plane

Through so many visits with friends and family of late, there are two common threads…love and basil.basil

Love requires no explanation. We have hosted friends of more than 30 years, visited birth family near and far, and are gathered now to celebrate my husband’s birthday.

Yep, I didn’t just marry a first born, a married a Leo first born, maybe the bossiest and most controlling of all. Somehow, in spite of my rebellious free spirit, it is working, for 45 years now.

Whether we are traveling or hosting this summer, everyone gets basil.

I am overwhelmed by the production in a 5 gallon pot on our back deck herb garden. Apparently, if you do not harvest the leaves, basil goes to seed, developing these lovely bee-attracting flowers in the process. So I pull them, use them, trash them , or give them away, not using as much basil as I thought I might.

I also have abundant parsley, and that always brings a smile and a memory.

My father was famous for his garden; his best crop was Hungarian hot peppers, the kind that make grown men cry. There were contests. I did not partake at the time; I might today.

His second best producer was parsley. We used it in everything. I missed it when we moved out west; so I was thrilled to take a Ziploc bag full of the flavorful flat leaves with me back to Salt Lake City.parsley

It was the 1970’s. Recreational drugs were everywhere. So I should not have been surprised when the scanner at the Philadelphia airport raised suspicion over the greens in my carry-on bag.

I was pulled aside, questioned, frisked and actually had the security agent taste what was in that overstuffed bag.

I smiled nervously, was dismissed, did not miss my flight.

It’s the last time I ever took herbs of any kind on a plane. Honest.

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39 Responses to Herbs on a Plane

  1. Erika Kind says:

    Oh, I can imagine the confusion… lol

  2. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Too funny, Van. I can just imagine this man’s face when he tasted the “herb”. LOL ❤

  3. Just Plain Ol' Vic says:

    Good story!!

  4. LaVagabonde says:

    That must have been funny. The guy probably was probably hoping he’d catch a buzz.

  5. Oh my, too funny Van! I do love home-grown herbs though! ❤
    Diana xo

  6. I loved the title! I love basil too and try to cook with it as much as possible. What a great post, Van! ❤

  7. Nurse Kelly says:

    Congratulations on 45 years!!! Yes, there is nothing like fresh herbs. I have basil and thyme growing indoors. That’s so funny that security tasted the parsley! I think it’s an easy plant to identify, but I guess they had to know for sure!

  8. Angie Mc says:

    Ha! And I’m jealous of your abundant basil. As I just mentioned on Mark B’s blog, I blame the desert for my lack of a garden but truthfully my thumb is black. Too bad I couldn’t help take some basil off of your hands 😀

  9. Ha ha, he actually tasted it. We don’t need the stress of a hold-up like that.

  10. Ha Ha! What a fright you must have had being frisked! 🙂

  11. lbeth1950 says:

    I’ve thought of it, but never tried it. I do love herbs.

  12. Van, fun story! Just ate fresh basil last night. Made your story this morning all the more enjoyable.

  13. markbialczak says:

    Ha! Good thing you didn’t try to fly with the even more suspicious oregano, Van. 🙂 Congratulations on your bucket of basil. And 45 years with hubby!

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