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Herbs In Everyday Cooking

Updated on October 7, 2013
Herbs
Herbs
Herbs for indoors
Herbs for indoors
Parsley
Parsley
Basil
Basil
Chives
Chives
Bay Leaves.
Bay Leaves.
Coriander
Coriander
Fennel
Fennel
Dill
Dill
Rosemary
Rosemary
Sage
Sage
Oregano
Oregano
Marjoran
Marjoran

Most commonly known herbs

Fresh herbs are required in every kitchen. They enhance the nutritional value and the taste of our food. A small herb garden in the backyard can provide us with the necessary freshness we need. Some herbs are also great for making refreshing drinks.

You have to wash the herbs in cold water only before use; otherwise they will lose their nutritional benefits. Then you dry the herbs in tea towel or paper towel. Some herbs must be cooked with the food (for example bay leaves); others can be added at the end after the food is cooked (parsley)

Parsley

Parsley is a garden herb that grows well in moist soil and at least half sun. It is suited for garden beds, pots or windowsills. Use ordinary potting mix and fertilize with soluble plant food. It contains a high level of Vitamins A, B, C and K.

Parsley is used in cooking for:

  • salads
  • salad dressings
  • sauces
  • grilled meat
  • stuffing mix for chicken or fish
  • mashed potatoes
  • seafood

Basil

Basil prefers good soil and sunny position in the garden. It has bright green oval foliage. Basil has sweet and spicy aroma. It is used in cooking:

  • soups
  • pasta souces
  • marinade for chickenpizza topping
  • stired-fried vegetables

Chives

Chive herb grows in tufts and has a mild onion flavour. It grows to about 30–50 cm tall. Their stems are hollow and tubular and a soft texture. Chives like well drained organic soil and full sun position.

Uses of chives in the kitchen:

  • salads
  • soups
  • scrambled eggs
  • stew
  • salad dressing
  • fish

Bay Leaves

Bay leaves have an aromatic foliage. The Bay tree grows well in larger pots or herb garden. It prefers cool to semitropical areas. It is used in:

  • sauces
  • soups
  • stews
  • casseroles
  • pickled cucumbers
  • marinated fish

Coriander

Coriander is an annual herb, soft and hairless. It grows to 50 centimeters tall. The leaves are varied in shape. The leaves have a citrus taste. taste from the seeds, with citrus overtones.

The culinary uses of coriander are:

  • salads
  • sauces
  • meats
  • stir-fried vegetable
  • soups

Fennel

Fennel is an aromatic plant grawn in home gardens. It is used in cooking especially fish and chicken. It gives a sweet taste to roasted vegetables and gives soups a great flavour.

Dill

Dill is a herb native to Russia. It is related to fennel. It is used in:

  • salads
  • seafood
  • soups
  • sauces
  • rice
  • potato salads
  • cucumber salad

Rosemary

Rosemary is a very easy to grow herb and has a very strong mint flavour. It trives well in full sun, drained soil and fresh air. It is used in cooking especially barbecued meat and goes very well with fresh tomatoes. Other culinary uses are:

  • sauces
  • potato soup
  • salad dressings
  • roasted meat

Sage

Sage is a green herb with pritty flowers in summer. Sage is grown from seed and it prefers a sunny place and drained soil. It is used for:

  • stuffing meet
  • sausages
  • sauces
  • tea
  • cheese

Thyme

Thyme grows well in dry and sunny position. It is very easy to grow and does not need a lot of care. The flowers are white or pink. It is used in cooking:

  • sauces, especially tomato
  • vegetables
  • eggs
  • marinades
  • cheese


Oregano

Oregano does not like cold climate. Plant it in a well drained soil and lots of sun exposure. It uses are:

  • pizzas
  • bread
  • beans
  • tomato paste
  • pasta dishes
  • chilli powder

Marjoran

Marjoran can be grown in garden or containers. It strives well in full sun.Marjoran need occasional watering and little fertilizer. It is used in:

  • salads
  • eggs
  • stuffing mix
  • soups
  • soups

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    • houseofjcjee profile image

      houseofjcjee 5 years ago from Philippines

      I love adding fresh herbs on my dishes so I made a mini-herb garden on my porch. I planted some herbs on small pots, including parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, chives, and rosemary. They add flavor and aroma to the dish.

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