Growing herbs is a great way to a little spice to your life, and your taste buds. Herbs are versatile plants that are quite easy to grow, at home in pots or gardens, blend in well with vegetable or flower gardens, are typically very hardy, and have medicinal properties to boot. If you are fortunate enough to have some nice wide windowsills that get a good dose of sunlight each day, add a few prettily potted herbs. You’re just a pinch away from great flavor.
Heavenly healthy herbs will grace your meals with a little taste of paradise!
Heavenly Herbs – A Herb to Fit Every Taste
Herb flavors run the gamut from sweet and fruity to savory and spicy. Basically, there’s a herb to satisfy every taste:
Every summer gardener needs Basil. It’s definitely a garden or windowsill staple. We all know that a bounty of Basil will add zip to any Italian dish or sauce and make prized pesto, but did you know that pretty purple flowered Cinnamon Basil brews a terrific tea? If variety is the spice of life, grow some basil-varieties including Sweet Basil, Lemon or Lime Basil (also great for refreshingly fruity iced tea) Cinnamon Basil, Thai Basil, and Purple Basil, as well as, others. Place a pot of beneficial Basil on your outdoor table and ward off pesky pests!
Add a bit of zest to creamy soups and sauces with cheeky chives! The bold spicy flavor of chives which mimics a hint of onion and garlic, is sure to liven up fish, cheese and egg dishes as well.
Fennel, a jack of all herbs, also doubles as a vegetable. This herb is made up of bulb, stalks and fronds, all of which are edible has a lovely licorice-like flavor that enhances salads and salad dressings, fish dishes and pairs up well with those fresh veggies from your garden. Fennel’s not shy and is happy to be the star of the show when you cook up some delicious Roasted Fennel Parmesan. Mmmm, so good!
Another licorice-y herb that adds a great boost of taste to meals is tarragon. Tarragon vinegar is delightful on salads! Simply add a few fresh stems to a bottle of vinegar being sure to keep the stems immersed and let sit for about a month. Strain away the stems and store in the refrigerator. Sweet corn boiled in tarragon water is a treat for your taste buds! Chicken dishes, hot or cold, burst with flavour with a sprinkling of chopped fresh tarragon.
Parsley is a powerhouse of goodness! So, don’t underestimate the parsley plant by limiting it to garnish duty only - let your parsley shine. Parsley adds a splash of color and flavor to soups, stews, and sauces and is chock full of healthy vitamins and minerals. Who knew such a petite little plant could heap such large health benefits.
Considered to be the meat herb, marjoram also compliments fish, egg , cheese and vegetable dishes too. Are you keen on bean salad? Add a bit of diced fresh marjoram and your salad with sing!
Lovely lemon scented lemongrass is yet another herbal star. Commonly used in Asian dishes, Lemongrass is scent-sational when combined with chillies, garlic and cilantro. Add thin slices of luscious Lemongrass to salads and stir fries for zesty goodness.
Choose from any one of the many herbs from the mint family and brew up a cup of sweet tea: peppermint, spearmint, orange and apple mint, pineapple mint, and the, oh so luscious, chocolate mint. Nothing satisfies on a hot summer day like an ice cold glass of sweet herbal tea. Or, if you’re feeling a little under the weather, nothing soothes like a nice hot cup of minty herbal goodness. Peppermint tea soothes an upset stomach and remedies an annoying dry cough or congestion.
Magical mint also pairs up indescribably well with hummus, chocolate, fruit salads, and peas. If you plant mint outdoors, be sure to contain its magical powers-mint grows like CrAzY! Plant it in a pot or plant it in the garden in a bottomless pot to keep it from overtaking your other precious plants.
For a tea thyme twist, try brewing up a cup of thyme tea! With its minty tea-like flavor, fresh thyme tea is a natural choice to sip with breakfast or while enjoying a mid- afternoon snack.
Herbal teas are easy as pie to brew. A simple method is to snip a handful of fresh leaves and add to a kettle of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for several minutes. Then, sweeten as desired. Or simply place the leaves in a teacup or mug, add boiling water, steep and serve.
Grow a Bit of Herbal Happiness Today
Growing herbs is truly a wonderful way to bring nature indoors. Whether you want to sweeten up your life or add a little spice to the everyday, herbs are happy to help. Herbs are highly aromatic and many don their own flowery finesse. Herbs are simply pretty. They add color, flavor and pizazz to foods while adding simple beauty to your world.