The Greek myth of Niobe and her pride is possibly one of the best known tales of our Noble Interest. It’s also one of the saddest. My first encounter with Greek mythology came through a book called D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths when I was about six. I loved thatContinue Reading

Felicia and the Pot of Pinks was another of my favorite fairy tales. I always wondered- why a pot of pinks? Why not a pot of say, geraniums? Through my research this week one of the things that I discovered is this from a book entitled Flower Lore by HildericContinue Reading

While I was unable to find any tales of Min, I did find the following stories. In each of them, the lettuce is not the hero but the tool which enables the hero to gain what he desires. A magical plant indeed!First is Grimm’s tale The Salad. Here is theContinue Reading

The story of Philemon and Baucis comes from Greek mythology and is a lesson on the duty and rewards of hospitality. It’s also a poignant reminder of what’s truly important in a loving relationship. This particular myth has been one of my very favorites since I was a child. IContinue Reading

Hans Christian Andersen gives us this story of “The Little Elder Mother”. Elderberry is not the herb most closely associated with remembrance, but I like this tale of our Noble Interest as a kindly Bringer of warmth, Teller of tales, and Healer of discomforts, all achieved with a cup ofContinue Reading

The tale most associated with our Noble interest is the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale The Six Swans. I’ve read versions where the plant needed to break the spell is stinging nettle and I’ve heard it referred to as starwort. Starwort is a common name for Stellaria media. A lovely andContinue Reading

The obvious choice for this week’s tale is Rapunzel.I will point out that there is controversy here, though. If you do a search for “fairy tale” and “radish” you will get a bajillion sites about Rapunzel. The common wisdom is that Rapunzel’s mother craved radishes. However, if you look pastContinue Reading