Oh, the aromas of summer.
This is the season of sweet aromas; wafting about herb gardens, lingering in the warm orchards and casually sneaking its way into our awareness. During the summer, when the fragrant flowers are at their most abundant stage, the garden is alive with butterflies, hummingbirds, squirrels, blue jays and even deer who are driven by the rising tide of aroma. The open landscapes of Carmel Valley allow for blackberries, wild fennel and genista shrubs to flourish into roadside attractions.
Some of Chef Cal’s favorite local flavors, aromas and Carmel Valley foliage:
Rosemary – Lavender – Elderberry – Honey – Grapes – Roses – Oak – Chanterelle mushrooms – Candy cap mushrooms – Pine – Fennel – Lemon – Sage – Mint – Verbena – Arugula – Walnuts – Pears – Raspberries – Blackberries…..