Could you imagine a bruschetta without basil, or a guacamole without cilantro?
Who would have thought that a few leaves could make such a difference in the success of a dish? A good cook knows the benefits of using herbs to bring meals to the next level. Fresh herbs can be simmered slowly in a dish adding depth or added right before serving, providing a fresh hit of flavour. Either way you’ll want to have a supply of fresh herbs on hand!
Many tender herbs such as basil, chives, or parsley taste better fresh. Outdoor markets, grocery and specialty stores carry many of the most popular fresh herbs. Yet nothing is worse than buying expensive herbs and have them wilt before you get to use them all.
When stored properly herbs can last several weeks. There are several ways to extend their life:
- Trim the stems, place in a glass or jar of water and cover with a plastic bag, secured with a rubber band.
- Wrap the herbs in a dampened paper towel, and place in a ziploc bag. Keep refrigerated until needed.
Another way to have a fresh supply of your favourite herbs and greens on hand when needed is to grow your own. Herbs are easy to grow indoors, and it doesn’t matter where you live or what season it is! Herbs can be grown in just about any container, on your counter, floor or in your window sill.
You might also consider an indoor herb and plant grower. There are many indoor growing kits on the market that can provide just the right amount of LED lighting. You’ll never have to worry if your house or apartment is providing the right lighting and humidity.
such as micro-mustard greens, micro-arugula, and micro-pea shoots are extremely healthy, fast-growing little plants that you can also grow in your plant grower. When grown indoors, they’ll yield year-round magic. They add greatly to the presentation and nutrition level of your meals. And they’re delicious!
Ditch those expensive mixes of organic greens sold at your grocery store and grow you own! There’s nothing better than a regular cut of home-grown greens.
Keep a steady stream of salad greens growing by harvesting often cutting away the largest leaves every few days. Mix in some of your fresh herbs and microgreens and you’ll impress your guests with a delicious and nutritious salad.