Any good chef knows that it’s all in the seasonings! The right mix of herbs and spices can make or break a recipe. Many of your favorite herbs and plants can be grown in your own garden with minimal effort. Here are five herbs you can add to your vegetable garden.
No stew is well done without bay leaves. They come from bay laurels and make excellent potted plants. You can grow them outdoors in good weather and then bring them indoors near natural sunlight during the winter. They also grow well in greenhouses and are primarily used in broths and sauces. Here are some recipes that contain it.
Whether you like mojitos or fresh breath, mint is a staple in the kitchen. However, before you grow mint, remember that it is considered an invasive plant. Mint will spread and take over your garden, so it’s best to grow it in containers. Mint is a versatile herb that can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. You can find recipes here.
Parsley is a staple herb in any kitchen. More than just a garnish, parsley adds lively color and flavor to soups, salads and fresh sauces. You can use it to prepare delicious pesto, stuffing, chicken, fish and vegetable dishes. Remember to harvest individual leaves by pinching the stems near the base, then growing them in a deep pot with rich, organic potting soil and strong light. You can find recipes here.
Cilantro is perfect for adding to Mexican, Chinese, Southeast Asian, and Indian cuisines. Coriander seeds are known as cilantro. When growing cilantro, keep in mind that it grows early in the season and doesn’t like when the soil gets too hot. Here are some recipes with cilantro that you can try.
Oregano is part of the mint family and is a staple in Italian, Mexican, Central American, and Middle Eastern cuisines. You can remove the leaves from the cut stems and add them to tomato sauces, meat, casseroles, soups and stews. When growing oregano, remember to water the surface of the soil when it becomes dry, but don’t let it dry out. Give the plants moderate to bright light. Here are some oregano-based recipes you can try.
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