11 FRESH HERBS, MOST USED BY COOKS

Fresh Herbs are a wonderful thing every cook should use as its few leaves can transform a dish from dull to extraordinary. Many people are frightened of using fresh herbs in their cooking. As such,

Fresh Herbs

they are the secret for many cooks. These tasty little plants add energy to every bite. Many chefs preferred to use fresh herbs while cooking as they are flavorful, make beautiful garnishes and most importantly, they’re bursting with valuable antioxidants and nutrients. Herbs come in a variety of flavors and forms, but it will be tricky to deciding which to use. In this article, we will tell you about 11 amazing herbs from your kitchen garden that you should use while cooking to maximized its taste.

TOP 11 FRESH HERBS

1. Basil

Are you going to cook Italian or French dishes? If yes, then you have an important ingredient in your kitchen garden named Basil. It is known as an important cooking herb. Due to sweeten taste of Basil, you can use basil in sandwiches, sauces, salads, and soups, basil is in top form when combining to tomatoes, as in the famous salad.

 

 

 

 

2. Rosemary

Rosemary is an herb with greenish woody and tangy smell. Its natural complements are roasted chicken; apricots (especially apricots jam) roasted potatoes, garlic, and game. It’s ideal to add rosemary sparingly from the outset and more if necessary.

 

Cooking Tip: Add whole stems at start and take away before serving, it will be great for the grill

 

 

3. Mint

The mint has fresh, sweet, slightly astringent in flavor. You can add it to a bevy of drinks and dishes such as lamb, peas, carrots, tea, mint juleps, ice cream, and mojitos. Spearmint’s bright green leaves are fuzzy, it is very different from the darker stemmed, the peppermint has rounded leaves.

 

Cooking Tip: Mint herb could be added at beginning or end of cooking, Peppermint has a stronger flavor over spearmint so take care while using one of them.

 

4. Thyme

 In the American and European, Thyme is one of the most popular herbs for cooking. You can make a pair of thyme herb with nearly any kind of meat, fish, poultry or vegetables. Because of its small leaves, you don’t need to chop it. You can be paired with tomatoes.

 

 

Cooking Tip: Great paired when cooked with bay and parsley. You can be using it at the beginning. If using stems prepare for stronger flavor remember to remove it before serving.

 

5. Sage

Sage has slightly peppery with little minty flavor. There are many delicious uses for this sage. You can particularly use it in dishes with beans, potatoes, pork, cheese, or in the classic sage and brown butter sauce.

 

COOKING TIP
Flavor of Sage is best with heavy foods. You should add it at the beginning of cooking.

 

6. Tarragon

 Tarragon herb is native to western Asia and Siberia and is primarily used in France. This fresh herb is very famous and tasty while its uses in cooking. You should pair it with omelets, fish, mushrooms, cream, poultry, vinegar, and chicken cooked with mustard, and it’s a vital component of béarnaise sauces.  The flavor of tarragon is slightly bittersweet. Its taste is somewhat similar to that of fennel, anise, and licorice, but at the same time its own.

 

 

 

7. Parsley

Your kitchen garden is not complete without this herb. This herb is not only healthy but delicious in taste too. You can use parsley in your dishes as a mixture of chopped parsley and garlic, grilled steaks, on roasted lamb, fish, chicken, and vegetables. Flat parsley is better in longer cooking. Its curly looks amazing as a garnish. Stems of parsley have the strongest of flavors and can be added diced finely.Baked khachapuri with parsley and cheese on the table with knife and fork.

 

COOKING TIP

Flavor is best, if you pair parsley with foods like fish, pineapples, vegetables, salad, pesto, rice, soups, stews, meatballs, sauces, marinades, bananas, coconuts, grapefruits, mangoes, summer melons.

 

8. Oregano

 Oregano is an amazing herb you must grow in your garden as it has both delicious flavor and health benefits.

This herb has a strong flavor and aroma. Use it to flavor vinegar, omelets, quiche,

tomato sauces, bread, beef, poultry, black beans, marinated vegetables, and pizza.

 

 

 COOKING TIP
 If adding in an herb basket, do not strip leaves from stems. Add this herb at the beginning of the cooking.

 

9. Dill

 The unique flavor of Dill appeals to a large number of people so you will often use this herb in the mix for popular BBQ dishes. This herb has a combination flavor of parsley celery and fennel. Use fresh dill herb instead of dried one.

COOKING TIP

Pair this dill herb with fish, beans, hard boiled eggs, ,sour cream, beets, soups cream cheese, potato dressings, yogurt, chicken, salad, meats.

 

 

10. Cilantro

Famous in salsa, guacamole, enchiladas, Thai peanut sauce, and chicken dishes. Cilantro has a pungent fragrance and also called coriander. The cilantro used raw in the kitchen, just like parsley. It will be a garnish or added to the dish after it is cooked. It has citrusy, bright and some claim it tastes soapy. This herb is easy to grow and most commonly used in many dishes to explore their flavors as well as also use to garnish or give the fishing touch.

 

COOKING TIP

Remove stems from cilantro herbs if they have a woody or otherwise unpleasant surface.

 

11. Chives

The last but not the least herb in our list that you can find in your garden and every cook should use is chives. This fresh herb not only has many health benefits also have good flavor. It has a light oniony flavor. You can use chives in garnishes, salads, egg mayonnaise sandwiches, potato dishes and omelets vegetable stocks, soups, creamy sauces, adding the herb to the dish just before serving.

 

COOKING TIP
Use chive stems to tie vegetables together OR add chive flowers to a salad.