Some herbs seem to go well with almost any dish. These are the plants you want to grow in your kitchen. When a hint of fresh herb is called for you need only pinch off a sprig rather than pile in the car for the store.
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Here are the herbs I recommend as the the most versatile – and easy to grow – for your indoor herb garden:
The herb that makes pesto perfection! Basil has a sweet and spicy smell and taste that pairs beautifully with almost every Italian dish.
Try this: A few fresh leaves minced and tossed over pasta turns the dish into a garden delight. Roasted tomato, mozzarella and a fresh basil leaf on some crusty garlic bread (“bruchetta”) makes a mouth-watering appetizer or a healthy afternoon snack for grown up taste buds.
Growing tips: Basil grows faster and fuller the more it is harvested. Pinching off a sprig just above a paired leaf; that stem will then split and grow two sprigs from the one pinched off.
Summer isn’t the same without fresh mint leaves floating in sun tea or garnishing a seasonal salad.
Try this: Mint deliciously flavors summer drinks like lemonade and sun tea but also adds a fresh twist to fruit salad. When winter comes, you can use those fresh mint leaves to brew up a strong herbal tea which is great for clearing stuffy noses and soothing a sore throat.
Growing tips: Like basil, mint grows better when pinched off regularly … and there are so many different kinds! Consider grapefruit mint, apple mint, chocolate mint or variegated mint for a fun twist on the traditional.
Thyme is a BBQ chef’s perfect garnish. Since thyme grows on a woodier stalk than most herbs, it holds up to the smoky cooking environment while still giving off its pungent flavors and smells.
Try this: Thyme pairs well with pork, beef, fish and chicken and the variations available are fun to experiment with. Consider trying lemon thyme with a fresh salmon fillet or any number of the over 100 different varieties of thyme with your favorite cut of meat to make an original creation.
Growing tips: Thyme LOVES the sun, so don’t be afraid to grow it in a planter box in a kitchen window that gets plenty of sunlight.
Cilantro is the herb you will want to reach for in every Latin American dish you create.
Dill is fun and easy to grow and you can use the feathery leaves and flowery seed heads.
I hope these tips for using some of my favorite herbs from my kitchen herb garden have been helpful! Everyone has their favorite herbs, so be sure to share your favorite herb in the comments and let me know what dishes or recipes you think they pair well with. If you have a tip for growing specific herbs effectively, share them, as well.