Sometimes when cooking you will realize that fresh spices and herbs are the best, and if you want to grow them yourself, you will need to do this in your own garden. Check out the list of plants you totally need to have in your garden and kitchen!
If you’re passionate about gardening, you should think about growing herbs in our own garden. Generally, herbs used in cooking are best grown in your own garden, since you can use them while they’re fresh and thus preserve their taste and their nutritious value. Read on to find out what herbs to have in your garden and using in your food!
- Basil. It has a warm spicy flavor that’s great for soups, sauces, omelets, salads, fish, poultry and meat. It’s a great spice and largely used in oriental cuisine, especially if you’re a fan of Arabic dishes.
- Chives. With a slight onion flavor, chives are perfect for salads, egg and cheese dishes, mashed potatoes, sauces or even sandwiches. They’re preferred by more and more people all around the world and they have other great uses that you can think of.
- Coriander. Coriander is a great herb to use for steaks and any other meat dish. You can either dust dry coriander seeds over the steaks or you can chop frozen roots in soups or in combination with avocado, for instance.
- Dill. Although it has a somewhat bitter taste, it’s still great for any dish like soup, fish dishes, salads, meat, omelets, poultry and the like. You can use the leaves, either dried or fresh, for a great savor of the food.
- Fennel. The leaves are quite sweet in taste, thing that makes them best for sauces in fish dishes, soups, salads or pork. If you decide to use the seeds, these have a sharper taste, and if you use the bulb, you will enjoy a totally special taste.
- Mint. Often overlooked by chefs and cooking amateurs altogether, mint is quite a good spice for dishes such as lamb, sauces or jelly. You can also use it for tea or in combination with other tea herbs. It brings a fresh and, surprisingly enough, minty flavor.
- Parsley. Surprisingly enough, parsley is widely used in a variety of dishes such as salads, soups, casseroles, stews or omelets. It has a fresh flavor and it fully complements the taste of meat, fish and onion dishes.
- Sage. This is definitely one of the herbs to have in your garden, because it has a great flavor. It’s mostly used for poultry stuffing, lamb, pork, sausage, cheese dishes and omelets. Dry the leaves and grind them or use them as such.
- Tarragon. It has an anise flavor and therefore it’s great for soups, salads, stews or soft cheeses. You can also use it with lamb, serve it in melted butter along fish or steak dishes or vegetables. This is mainly used for tartar sauce and chutneys and can be greatly matched with vinegar if you leave the leaves in it for a couple of weeks.
- Thyme. Yet another one of the herbs to have in your garden, thyme is used as chopped leaves for beef, lamb, veal or pork before putting them to roast. Alternatively, it can be sprinkled over eggs, vegetables, fish and poultry, or added to soups, stews, rice or stuffings.