Essential Guide to Culinary Herbs and Spices


Herbs or no herbs and spices in your plate of food? I’m sure many people would pick a bowlful of tasty meals lined with spices and herbs. Herbs are easy to grow, manage and use in meals. They can turn the most boring meal into a mouthwatering meal.

Herbs also have medicinal qualities that help the body obtain valuable minerals and nutrients. You can explore rosemary, dill, oregano, bay leaves, coriander, basil, and more. Visit lemon verbena plants for sale to be spoilt for choice.

  • Rosemary

This is a great herb that sprouts to have many tough branches and small sharp-pointed leaves. It can grow on the hedge to form a neat perimeter around your garden. Trim the edges to control growth.

It is highly flavored and good for meaty recipes. You can also add it to your boiled potatoes or chicken. Plant rosemary when the sun is full and water it occasionally to keep it green.

  • Parsley

 Parsley is an excellent antioxidant and has healing properties. Use it to flavor your chicken recipes, add it to your smoothie, juice, or garnish your food with the green bread leaves. It does well if planted in summer and watered adequately. Ensure the soil is well-drained to allow maximum growth.

  • Stinging nettle

As the name suggests, its leaves can irritate the skin for hours on end. So, plant it on the hedge where you want to prohibit the right of way. It is ideal for reducing symptoms of arthritis and inflammation in joints and muscles.

Use it in your cup of tea, soup, or potato recipes.  You can maximize its use by sun-drying the leaves and grinding them into powder. Then, store it in an airtight container for future use.

  • Chives

Chives is a tasty, thin-leafed herb that works magic in baked dishes. You can sprinkle it in salads and pasta. It is also rich in vitamin A, C and is a rich antioxidant.  Plant it in a pot to control growth and water it often to maximize its most vegetative stage.

  • Coriander

This is a short-term green-leafed herb that is also easy to grow.  Prepare the garden, add compost manure and make thin furrows. Adequately water the seeds and see them sprout after five days. Once the herb is fully grown, the leaves become green and bold and ready to harvest.

Coriander is ideal for garnishing and spicing any meal. After the vegetative season, you can wait for the seeds to dry, then grind into a powder to get a lemon taste in your recipes.

  • Bay leaves

If you constantly have sinus challenges, congested chest, and common colds, go for bay leaves. It has amazing healing properties, thanks to cineole, the active ingredient in the leaves. You can add bay leaves to your stews, soups, purees and sauces. However, do not eat the leaves whole, remove them after you’re done cooking and extracting the aroma.

Herbs are rich in medicinal properties. They are easy to grow and tend. Start growing a few in the flower hedge, or in large pots today.

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