Freshly picked herbs can add so much to any meal. Aside from their use in cooking, keeping fresh herbs can also have a lot of other benefits. They have a great smell, some of them have great health benefits, they keep away pests and insects, and they are easy to maintain and care for. Here are some of the best herbs that can be planted in a kitchen garden
Fresh basil is fantastic in tomato sauces and salads and it adds a delicious flavor. Keeping a small potplant of basil on your kitchen windowsill means you will always have basil at hand when making your favorite pasta sauces or summer salads. This herb is good for digestions and can help fight depression.
Yes, it’s true many people don’t like the taste of cilantro, there is even an online group for people who hate cilantro. For those who do enjoy it, however, this herb can easily be planted in your kitchen garden. Unfortunately, cilantro will die off in the colder months so you will either need to replant it each season or bring it into the house when it gets cold outside. Cilantro great in Thai, Indian and Mexican cooking and it is also very good for you. It is full of antioxidants and antioxidants and can help with your heart health, digestion and improve your complexion. If you plant it, make sure to plant it in the shade.
Rosemary is perfect for meats such as chicken, beef, and lamb; and it goes fabulously with garlic potatoes or roast vegetables. It is also an evergreen herb so you will have access to it all year. Like many of the other herbs, rosemary improves digestions and is full of antioxidants, but it is also good with neurological protection and enhancing memory. Pro tip- if someone in your house has stinky shoes, leaving a sprig of rosemary in their shoes overnight will get rid of the smell.
This tough little herb will grow anywhere as long as it has enough water. Mint is great in summer salads, cocktails and sauces, but is most beneficial as an herbal tea. Adding fresh mint to hot water makes a powerful tea that is great for fighting colds, headaches, morning sickness and can aid in digestion. It’s also a delicious addition to any smoothie.
While technically not an herb this plant is one of the easiest to grow. It’s great to keep in your garden because when it flowers it can attract good insects to your garden. Its peppery taste also makes it great in salads. It’s also a great source of calcium and potassium.