There’s something very comforting about being able to reach over into your potted plant to pluck a few leaves of herbs to add into your meal. Having an indoor herb garden can beautify your kitchen, and the herbs add a fresh element to your cooking. Growing the plants at home is also less expensive than repeatedly buying the herbs, and it’s a convenient way to make cooking fun.
So which plants should you add to the garden? The following versatile herbs are easy to grow indoors, are perfect in the following dishes, and even leave a fresh scent in your home when you’re not cooking.
Basil: Pizza and pasta sauces, spreads, dips, and soups
Bay leaves: Stews and soups (Cooking Tip #1: Remove and discard leaves prior to serving, as they can present a choking hazard and have a very potent flavor.)
Chervil: Bearnaise sauce, fish, potatoes, steamed carrots, eggs, and salads
Mint: Tea, mixed drinks, and salads
Try this Linguine with Mint and Peas Pesto recipe from olivemagazine.com. (Cooking Tip #2: Don’t forget to use your fresh basil leaves.)
Chives: Eggs, soups, salads, potatoes, and as a garnish
Parsley: Soups, vegetables, salads, and as a garnish
Rosemary: Pork, chicken, lamb, fish
Thyme: Rice dishes, vegetables, bread
Try this Herbed Butter Rice with Rosemary and Thyme recipe from archanaskitchen.com. (Cooking Tip #3: Get your rosemary ready to roll!)
Oregano: Flatbreads, pasta and pizza sauces, meats, casseroles, and stews
Try this Zaatar Flatbread recipe from thekitchn.com. (Cooking Tip #4: Here’s a smart way to use your freshly grown and dried thyme.)