6 herbs that are easy to grow in the kitchen garden
The detectable taste of soup with freshly chopped coriander sprinkled over, the irresistibly delicious smell of curry owing to the curry leaves used for tempering, or the fresh aroma of oregano over pasta is just heavenly. But one has to rush to the market for buying fresh herbs before cooking any dish. Also, there is no surety that you are going to get the fresh ones. Well, aren’t these all enough reasons to grow fresh herbs in your kitchen garden? Keep your kitchen supplied with fresh herbs in all months of the year by growing your own.
Some herbs which can be grown in the kitchen are –
Basil, also known as Tulsi, is a highly revered herb in Indian households. This sweet and spicy smelling herb is popularly used in several cuisines, especially the Italian cuisine. Besides this, basil has several health benefits like it is an antioxidant and also provides defence against low blood sugar.
Growing tips – Basil grows faster and fuller when it is harvested. It can also be grown from clippings.
Try this – Use basil leaves, tomato, and mozzarella cheese and roast them together on some garlic bread. It serves as a delectable mouth-watering appetiser for your taste buds.
Parsley is a mild herb which is widely used to enhance the flavour of the food. Parsley aids in digestion and is also a good source of Vitamins A and C. Parsley is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb which helps in detoxification. Also, it helps in attaining a more balanced flavour while cooking food.
Growing tips – Parsley usually grows to be large and bushy, so try to keep the plant in a larger pot.
Try this – Use chopped parsley, ginger and lemon juice, and cook spaghetti. You are surely going to relish this tingly combination.
Lavender is one of the most useful and versatile herbal remedies. It is an excellent mosquito repellant and a natural deterrent for other garden pests. Lavender can also be used for baking and seasoning in various dishes.
Growing tips – Lavender cannot tolerate excessive humid climate and also moisture so position it at the top of a slope.
Try this – Use lavender flower as a seasoning for cookies which will serve as a delicious snack with afternoon tea.
Cilantro is a revitalising herb which aids digestion. It reduces stress in liver and pancreas and promotes the better production of insulin. Cilantro relieves inflammation that may lead to a gastric upset. The flavour of cilantro makes it an amazing herb for seasoning in all kinds of Caribbean dishes, meats, and salads.
Growing tips – Grow cilantro by sowing seeds directly in the pots. Once a bud arises, the leaves become scarce.
Try this – Used freshly chopped cilantro for seasoning in various recipes. You can also relish the scrumptious taste of cilantro chutney with several Indian dishes which can be made using cilantro, chilies and lemon juice.
Oregano which is a natural insect repellant is used for treating respiratory maladies. It is also beneficial in treating fungal infections and skin conditions. Digestive upset, parasitic infections, and muscle aches can also be cured by using oregano in the diet.
Growing tips – In cold months keep the oregano plant inside. It is better to sow oregano seed indoors and transplant them outdoors in spring.
Try this – As we all know oregano is used for seasoning pizza but do you know you can also use oregano for seasoning chicken, tacos, cheesy tomatoes, soups, and even the simply cooked veggies. Try to season your veggies with oregano and present it to children.
Peppermint or mint makes an excellent deterrent for several pests, rodents, ants etc. It is a pungent herb which soothes a headache and also menstrual cramps. Mint also serves as a digestive aid and is used frequently in summertime refreshment menu.
Growing tips – Growing mint is an easy task as it can be grown indoor and outdoor. All you need to do is water them regularly.
Try this – Fresh mint leaves can be used to brew up an excellent herb tea. Try to make a herbal tea by crushing fresh mint leaves which can clear a stuffy nose and also soothe a sore throat.
Grow your own herbs, try the twist in the recipes and share your experiences with us.