I love gardening and growing my own food and that includes fresh herbs. In New England, perennial herbs are starting to pop up everywhere. In addition to the perennials around my yard, I also grow all the staples such as flat leaf parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, basil, mint, dill etc. Most recently I’ve branched off and started growing different varieties. This year some of the new herbs I’ve included are chocolate mint, orange mint, cinnamon basil, lemon basil, lime basil, spicy basil, pineapple sage and there are a few more. Now for the all important question….what do I do with these??
I cook with fresh herbs all the time. I often chop up fresh herbs and add them to salads. It’s great to take a bite of what appears to be a plain salad and to get a bite of fresh herbs. To me, there is no comparison with dried herbs. Although, I don’t mind dried herbs and I used them throughout the cooler months but there is something so refreshing and delicious about fresh herbs. Now, I’m excited to challenge myself with finding ways to incorporate these new herbs. I also plan on visiting our local book store to see if I can find a cookbook about herbs; I know there are several out there.
A few ideas that came to mind already:
-A caprese salad with the spicy basil.
-Citrus basil chicken with the lemon basil.
-Mojito with either chocolate or orange mint.
-Drying some mint for tea.
My latest favorite use for fresh herbs is cucumber and sweet mint water. It is extremely refreshing and it tastes so clean. If you like cucumber and mint you have to try this combination!
Do you enjoy fresh herbs? What are some ways you use them?