I have always wanted to have the perfect garden full of beautiful bushes, colorful flowers, and lots of herbs that can be used for medical purposes, teas, and specially the kind you can cook with! Parsley, basil anyone?!
I’ve had peppermint in my garden once before…but never again. I wasn’t warned but that sucker grew like weeds! It is definitely worse than bamboo. Thankfully it was contained in a pot with other herbs and veggies, but it still grew all over the place.
I’ve also had rosemary but it sadly didn’t make it through the winter (nor the peppermint invasion). I really liked that it made my garden smell lovely, and it was way better to cook with fresh rosemary than the dry variety.
So after contemplating what other herbs I should grow in my garden I ventured into the internet and found this great article on Reader’s Digest on 10 Cooking Herbs You Can Grow. Which gave me a few ideas. Yes, I have had rosemary and peppermint, but still there are 4 herbs I really need to have in my garden…whether to make it look pretty or for me to eat!
4 Herbs to Grow in Your Garden
A definite must have. Who doesn’t love basil? Besides its amazing smell basil is great in paninis. Basil has a warm, spicy flavor and can be used in soups, sauces, salads, meat, chicken, and practically everything. Specially pesto.
Basil is mostly used fresh in cooked recipes, specially in Italian recipes. When fresh it is usually added at the last moment, as cooking destroys the flavor.
I used to not like Fennel at all until Tyler and I went to a cooking class at the Country Club. There, we were taught how to make the most amazing salad ever: Fennel with red blood oranges. Ever since I am head over heels in love with fennel…to the point where I have been adding dried fennel to quite a few of our meals. It is just that good.
The fennel leaves have a sweet-ish flavor, great in sauces for fish; also useful with pork or veal, in soups and in salads.
Echinacea is believed to be an immunostimulator, warding off infections. It is also commonly used as a laxative. Besides, the flowers are bright and beautiful…so why not have them in your garden as well!?
Useful Fact: Did you know that echinacea is used in Napiers Elixir of Echinacea Complex to help your body fight-off infection? Just a few drops for symptoms of catarrh, runny nose and cold-type symptoms, and you feel will feel like new!
A definite must in Mexican salsas. Of course my perfect garden will have cilantro, bunches of it!! And oh the smell!! I just love how cilantro smells. I can honestly say that Cilantro is a top 3 favorite herb (along with basil and oregano).
Useful fact: Cilantro is also known as Coriander.