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How to Use Fresh Herbs in Food (Herb Guide)

When it comes to herbs, you should grow what you like.

In this article we will go through some common herbs to grow at home and how you can use them in food.

We will focus on fresh herbs and what is important about these is that they should be added at the end of cooking in order to not lose all their flavor. If you use dried herbs, on the contrary, add them in the beginning so they can give the food flavors.

Coriander

The taste is a mixture of citrus and grass and is used mostly in Indian / Asian cooking. Don’t let that stop you from trying it for something else, for example. wonderful together with a barbecue! Coriander tends to be a herb that splits opinions. Some people love it whilst others absolutely hate it. At least give it a try and see if it is for you!

Mint

Wonderful weeds that taste very different depending on whether you use the green mint (Mentha spicata) or the peppermint (Mentha piperita). The latter is used to create wonderful mojitos or tea, while the green coin is used more in food. There are a plethora of varieties so grow a few at a time so you have for all occasions.

Parsley

Available as smooth-leafed and mug-leafed. Parsley is very nutritious and is common in Italian and Lebanese cuisine. Examples of recipes are parsley salad and the French parsley a type of pesto with garlic and oil.

Basil

Basil is fragrant and aromatic and a must in Italian cuisine. It is best when it is not too old, older leaves can easily become too bitter. Unbeatable with tomato and mozzarella. Examples of recipes with basil are tomato mixture with sun-dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, basil, olive oil and salt, and of course pesto!

Thyme

Perennial bush that fits very well with tomato, mushrooms, yellow peas and potatoes, and root vegetables. Some examples of recipes where thyme are particularly good are pea soup and tomato sauce.

Sage

Sage is an ancient spice plant used to get rid of evil spirits and to make women more fertile. This herb has a strong taste and a scent of wood and grass. It goes very well with fatty foods and smoked flavors, such as bacon and pork, but also to some more sweet things such as apple and pumpkin.

If you want it as a snack, fry it in butter and let it drain on paper towels. An example of a recipe with sage is pasta with sage and parmesan.

Lemon Basil

Lemon basil has a wonderful aroma and taste of lemon and is easy to grow. Works as well in food as in desserts. Examples of recipes with lemon basil are grilled chicken stuffed with lemon basil and sugar peas with lemon basil. Another delicious usage area for lemon basil is pesto.

Oregano

Oregano is most commonly known for being used in pizza. But the fact is that Oregano can be used for anything other than Pizza! Fresh and a little citrus in the taste with a little sting. Fits very well with tomato dishes, salad, and lamb. Examples of recipes are Greek salad and tomato sauce with oregano and pine nuts.

Chives / green onions

This is a mild variety of onions that can spice up many dishes in many kitchens. It works very well with egg dishes, noodle dishes, and soups. Preferably used fresh or lightly cooked. Examples of recipes with chives/lettuce are French chives vinegar and omelet with chives.

Dill

Dill is a large-grown spice plant originating in the Mediterranean. It is perfect together with fish, meat and various sauces, but is used a lot in Indian cuisine. Typical recipes are dill meat and fish stew with tomato and dill.

Watercress

This is a very nutritious plant with many health benefits that are very suitable for growing in hydroponic systems as it thrives very well in wet conditions. A little special taste reminiscent of wasabi. Suitable for soups, sandwiches or salads.

Below are some great herbs that go well together with each other:

  • Rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage.
  • Chives, coriander, dill, parsley.
  • Basil, parsley, chives, mint.

There are many more herms that you can combine according to your own taste buds. More importantly, do not be afraid to try something new, who knows if you find a new super combination.

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