Thanks to Rosalee de la Forêt, who created it, and the Gallagher family at LearningHerbs.com, the world has been blessed with this remarkable tool for understanding the properties of herbs. Ms. de la Forêt has devised a brilliant way to synthesize the herbal traditions of Western, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine into a wheel based on the Wine Aroma Wheel used by oenologists to identify the tastes and aromas of wines. See that wine wheel enlarged by clicking on the image below.
In addition to most of the common medicinal herbs and culinary herbs and spices, the Taste of Herbs Flavor Wheel includes a number of local Southern California plants that we encounter on Herb Walks such as California Poppy, Willow, Stinging Nettle, Elder Flower, and Wormwood (Artemisia species).
I learned about the “Taste of Herbs Flavor Wheel” from my old friend and teacher Michael Tierra of the East-West School of Planetary Herbology where Rosalee de la Forêt was once a student. Kudos to everyone who contributed to this project. It’s a great addition to every herbal student’s library.