What are the must-have fresh herbs for home cooks?
Being able to grow herbs in your own home is great, especially if you like to cook. Fresh herbs have a multitude of uses, and they’re useful for a variety of recipes — such as pasta, herbal tea, salads, smoothies, and more. They add a unique flavor to your foods and drinks. That’s why if you want to upgrade your cooking game, we recommend you start growing them at home. Below is a list of the best fresh herbs for home cooks.
You have two options if you plan to cook with fresh herbs. You can buy them at the supermarket or grow them on your own. It is easy to grow herbs, whether you take care of them in a garden or in a pot on your windowsill. We recommend using the Paris Garden Bio Pot, Garden Chef, or Windowsill Duo Planter to get started. Each kit comes with its own pot, seeds, starting soil, instruction, and growing tips.
Now, let’s learn what herbs you need to have as a home cook. Keep on reading!
Basil is a herb that is present in a variety of Italian dishes. You’ll know it as the main ingredient of pesto. It’s often added to tomato dishes to help balance the acidity. Use it in tomato pasta, pizza, or soups! The herb offers a peppery and mild anise flavor.
There are actually more than 60 kinds of basil with each one differing in flavor. The sweet basil is versatile. It has a subtle peppery flavor and touches of mint notes. On the other hand, Thai basil is more savory and has a stronger anise flavor.
Mint is a very aromatic herb that is native to the eastern Mediterranean. It’s known for its bright flavor and scent.
Mint is often added to dishes with lamb and poultry. You can use the herb in your Middle Eastern and Greek dishes. It’s also a must-have for herbal tea. If you’re craving something alcoholic, all you need is some white rum, soda water, lime, sugar, and a small handful of mint leaves, and you have a classic mojito.
Chives are a member of the allium family of plants — along with onions, garlic, leeks, and scallions. It’s a popular herb known for its mild and oniony flavor and is often used as a garnish in soups, dressings, and dips. This herb is not as sharp and intense as onions, so they’re a welcome addition to dishes for people who dislike onions.
You don’t need a lot when you want to add flavor, and they’re easy to prepare, too. The stems of chives can be chopped for garnish. Use them on savory dishes to add a touch of flavor or add color. You can also use the blossoms as garnish too.
Coriander is used both as a herb and as a spice. The leaves of the coriander plant are used as an herb, while the round seeds are used as a spice. The leaves are often known by another name, cilantro.
Fresh cilantro, or coriander leaves, has a strong pungent taste. The flavor is citrusy, lemony, and tart. It is often used as a garnish for stir-fried foods, tacos, sour cream, rice, salad dressing, bagel, and more. On the other hand, the coriander seeds are toasted and ground, then used in curry and other baked goods.
If you’ve been cooking for a while, then you have probably already used parsley in some of your dishes. It’s often added to pasta, sauces, salads, and meat dishes. Although it’s commonly used as a garnish, it can be puréed into sauces and dips too!
Pasta is a herb known for its bright and slightly bitter taste. It provides a fresh taste with a hint of pepper and citrus notes. It also adds color to your dishes for additional visual appeal.
Thyme is known for its grassy, woody, and floral flavors. It’s a fragrant herb that pairs well with dishes that use meat, tomatoes, beans, eggs, and cheese. Thyme is often used in poultry dishes, such as lemon thyme chicken.
You can add the herb at the beginning of the recipe to make the most out of the flavor. The flavor will develop as the dish cooks, compared to other herbs.
Herbs are a great addition to your usual recipes, as they add a hint of unique flavor to foods and drinks. Each herb has its own distinct taste, so it helps to have a few of them at home, so you can make a variety of dishes and beverages.
Stock up on these fresh herbs for home cooks by growing them at your home! With the help of Paris Garden plant kits, you can eliminate the guessing and just focus on the growing. Each kit contains everything you need to grow fresh herbs, so all you need to do is follow the instructions. If you’re interested, Paris Garden also has grass hair kits flower and fruit plants.