If you like cooking with fresh herbs, you’ll like the Rotterdamse Munt, a huge city-herb-garden at Kop van Zuid. If you like gardening, go get your herb plants and soil here!
Along the Laan op Zuid, a lane running from the Erasmus bridge to football stadium De Kuip, you’ll find a stretch of undeveloped land. It wasn’t so long ago that this was a marshaling yard for trains and trams. That’s been moved to make space for “Park City” – future housing development.
On a part of this undeveloped land, between the Laan op Zuid and the (Brede) Hilledijk, is Rotterdamse Munt. (Munt has a double meaning in Dutch, Mint and/or Coin, which I like as you can buy your fresh herbs, plants, pots, soil, local products here.)
The herb garden is a fenced open space with wooden picnic benches, special beds for growing herbs, a greenhouse, a workshop space and a shop/tearoom.
Women from the neighborhood are involved in running the herb garden.
I think it’s pretty amazing how many different (Mint, Tropical, Mediterranean) herbs and variations they grow here. Over 20 (!) different Mints such as Moroccan Mint, Strawberry Mint, Ginger Mint, Basil Mint, Chocolate Mint, Swiss Mint, Pineapple Mint and Apple Mint. Just look here for all the varieties.
You can’t pick your own herbs, but the ladies are willing to do this for you while you ask them for cooking tips, do some fun shopping or tea/cake tasting in the tea room;).