The chamomile in First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden is a riot of blooms, according to this photo tweeted by Let's Move! Executive Director Sam Kass. Part of a series of crop photos posted this month, the photo is the first to spotlight an herb. The chamomile is used by the White House chefs to make special teas that are served at President Obama and Mrs. Obama's social occasions, and also presented to dignitaries as gifts.
"Our Chamomile bed in full bloom. Great with WH honey! With fresh blossoms don't need much to make tea! #teatime," Kass wrote on the @LetsMove account with the photo.
|FLOTUS & The Prince at the Tea|
|Gift bag: White House Chamomile Tea|
|A jar of White House honey|
The White House chefs, led by Executive Chef Cris Comerford and executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, love their house-made tea: During the 2012 winter holidays, one of the crafts for visiting kids was a Honey Tea Lollipop, sprinkled with candied root vegetables. CLICK HERE for the recipe.
As for what else is currently growing in the Kitchen Garden: Kass explains the Spring crops in this post, which includes a detailed crop list. This week, he also tweeted a photo of the first strawberries in the Kitchen Garden. There's also been a photo of 'Breakfast' radishes, the giant spinach growing in the garden, the first-ever wheat, as well as the first figs and the first pea of the year: "Incredible!" says Kass of the garden.
CLICK HERE for links to all Kitchen Garden posts, and check out the Let's Move! gardening guide.
Our Chamomile bed in full bloom. Great with WH honey!With fresh blossoms don't need much to make tea! #teatime twitter.com/letsmove/statu…
— Let's Move! (@letsmove) May 23, 2013
*Top photo by @LetsMove; second by Lawrence Jackson/White House; third by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama