I love going through my herb garden and looking for different herbs to make tea mixes. Recently our family went through a bit of a chest and head cold.
To help elevate the discomfort of having a head and chest cold, I went out and gathered fresh herbs to create an herbal tea.
A hint with collecting herbs for immediate use is while collecting herbs you place the freshly cut herbs into a bowl of cool water. This helps the herbs stay fresh longer and retain a healthy level of essential oils within the leaves and stems.
The image above is the Special Zaatar Herb Tea Mix that I gathered.
List of the herbs and spices starting from the bottom corner working clockwise:
Out of all the avocado trees, one of the most hardiest is the Mexicola Avocado Tree. The Mexicola Avocado is one of my most prized fruit-bearing trees in my backyard garden.
I love making guacamole and adding just a little bit of my homemade Zaatar mix directly from the garden.
The taste of the Mexicola Avocado is extremely good, nutty and creamy. It also has a very thin (almost paper-thin) glossy black skin that is also edible. It is very fast growing and like all other avocados, it is evergreen.
My Mexicola Avocado flowers twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall.
The skin and leaves have a anise-like flavor and smell. The leaves can be used to make a great tea.
The frost does absolutely nothing to these tough trees, even down to 18 degrees F.
The Cortunix Japanese Quail is known as an Old World Quail. It is stated that these birds have been dated back with the Egyptians during the construction of the Pyramids (raising them for eggs, pets and meat).
When I was around 14 years old, I was raising over 100 Northern Bobwhite quails.
I missed raising these hardy, beautiful birds and I didn’t want my son, Shant Varoug, to miss out.
I decided to begin starting to raise quail again, the variety I chose was the Cortunix Japanese Quail.
I am only raising five (5) females, I chose only raising Quail Hens because they are MUCH quieter than male quails (close neighbors) and that I want eggs for consumption, not baby chicks. I do not want to eat the meat either.
The reason why I wanted to return to raising quail birds again was because that I am in big disagreement with how commercial chicken egg production is conducted. Yes, California passed a law to give more space for chickens that are laying eggs, but I’m sorry, growing the laying cage from 1 square foot to 2 square feet is not much of an improvement.
Also, eggs are increasingly becoming more and more expensive.
There are other reasons why I chose quail instead of growing another fowl:
Fowl are not allowed in my dwelling from the city
Quail eggs are much more nutritious
Cortunix Japanese Quail produce up to 300 eggs a year!!!
Quail eggs are more expensive
Less smelling bird
Everyone always wants to see quail (growers are rare)
Less food and water requirements
Less space requirements
Much quieter than chickens (chickens don’t shut up)
Not as prone to disease
Smarter (I might be biased)
I constructed the Quail Cage or Quail Pen out of PVC.
I had a lot of fun building the quail cage. Don’t get me wrong, there were frustrations. I was a bit worried building the quail pen out of PVC, but it was VERY EASY. I just have to put exterior white paint on the PVC side that faces the sun so that the PVC will not degrade as quickly.
Quail Cage Dimensions
The Quail Cage is 5.5 feet by 10.5 feet and 5.5 feet tall.
I placed an old log I had from chopping down a old tree in my backyard. This will allow the quail birds to have fun jumping on, running around and eating bugs off of. Quail Love Bugs!!!
** I do not add anything else but Zaatar herbs, Sumac & Sesame Seeds. **
Step 7 – Optional
I always test my mix by placing a small amount of Zaatar Spice with olive oil to see the ratio of sumac, zaatar herb and sesame seeds within the mix. Creating a small amount of Zaatar Paste is key to testing your newly created Zaatar Spice mix.
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