Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Picking herbs from your very own garden is not only great for your cooking but it also has some health benefits and practical uses such as repelling unwanted insects.
Here are a few herbs you should think about keeping around the house, especially if you already maintain a garden – but even if you don't, there's no better time to start than right now.
A common ingredient in Italian cuisine, basil is a sweet leafy herb that's easy to grow in any climate. A good source of fiber and a powerful anti-inflammatory, it's a great plant to have around for its wonderful smell.
Basil is best used when fresh, as the oil has a tendency to degrade when the leaves are dried. In salads, sandwiches or on top of pasta, this herb is versatile and should be a mainstay in any home garden.
This fantastic herb is found in dozens of dishes, from chicken to pork and lamb. It can easily be dried for long-term storage or used fresh from the garden.
It also improves both memory and mood, and its strong aroma can help repel insects. However, be careful when growing rosemary with other plants as it needs more water.
Yet another staple in any herb garden, thyme is one of the most common herbs found in cooking, alongside rosemary and sage.
You'll often find recipes calling for entire sprigs of fresh thyme to be used when roasting different meats. Much like rosemary, it's a great companion plant because its scent can help mask more vulnerable plants in your garden. It can be used both fresh and dried, but fresh thyme keeps for barely a week, while dried thyme can hold its flavor better with proper storage.