4 Herbs You Can Grow In Your Kitchen

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4 Herbs You Can Grow In Your Kitchen

Nothing brings satisfaction to home cooking like using freshly picked herbs from your own home grown garden. The master chefs of the world all recommend using fresh herbs instead of dry ones, so let’s see what four kitchen herbs are best and easiest to grow–right indoors. Your family and friends will love the fragrance as well!

4 Best Herbs You Should Grow In Your Kitchen

Basil:

Coming in different variations, basil is worth growing for it’s aromatic smell alone. You can easily grow basil from seed, or get ahead of the game by buying it already started at your local grocery or nursery store. They are typically used in salads, pasta sauces and other salsa-based sauces.

Light And Germination From Seed Form

A container with plenty of drainage holes and room for expansion as it grows is best for the basil. Generally doing best in bright sunlight, the soil should be kept moist, well drained but not soggy. Usually, the time for germination from seed form is 5-10 days and it’ll be another 10 days before it’s ready to harvest.

Health Benefits/Nutritional Composition

An excellent source of vitamin K, manganese, copper, vitamin C, calcium, iron, folate and omega-3 fatty acids, it also has medicinal anti-inflammatory properties. Recent research on combating diabetes, heart disease, and high triglyceride and cholesterol levels, makes this a winner in the world of culinary herbs.

Chives:

Coming from the Allium family of garlic, onion and shallots, chives are the thinnest, grass-like variation of the Allium.

Health Benefits/Nutritional Composition

Being high in sulfur makes this plant a great antibiotic, cancer fighting agent and potent insect repellent as well.

Making fantastic additions to fish, soups and veggie dishes in general, chives have an onion-like pungent flavor; however, they are less overpowering than their onion/garlic cousins. At the end of the season, preserve them by drying or pickling them and then adding to olive oil, butter and/or vinegar.

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Light And Germination From Seed Form

Try growing indoors in half-sunlight and then transplanting outdoors in the spring or fall. Germination from their seed is typically 7-14 days in part shade and bright sunlight afterward. Soil should be rich, moist and well-drained.

Dill:

Adding an almost sweet and tangy flavor to cucumbers, fish dishes and salad dressings, dill is more closely associated with Scandinavian/German cuisines.

Health Benefits/Nutritional Composition

The dill’s oils qualify it as being a chemoprotective food, or a carcinogenic neutralizer. It’s also known as an anti-bacterial spice and aids in deterring bone loss.

Light And Germination From Seed Form

Because dill grows from 2-3 feet tall, it is best left for outdoor planting in full sunlight. Usually, germinating seeds sprout in approximately 7-10 days.

Cilantro/Coriander/Culantro

Typically found in both the East Indies and the West Indies, this powerful smelling herb is also known as broad-leaf culantro with a unique variation in appearances. Excellent for seasoning meats, salsas and Caribbean dishes, a spicy flavor is the result of using this herb.

Health Benefits/Nutritional Composition

Coriander/cilantro, high in vitamin C, also aids digestion and relieves gastric upsets. Known as having a favorable impact on one’s blood sugar, it also aids in reducing the stress levels of both the liver and the pancreas.

Light And Germination From Seed Form

Best grown outdoors in full sun during the spring and summer, coriander seeds are what you’ll be watching for as they turn black–a sure indication that it’s planting time.

The hardy cilantro leaves generally grow up to 12 inches long; however, watch out for the sharp, tiny spines found in broad-leaf cilantro leaves. Typically, germination from seeds occurs from 7-10 days after planting with a harvest occurring from 3-4 weeks afterward.

This article was re-posted from: positivegardening.com

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