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Must-have herbs for foodies

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See which delectable herbs you should be growing in your garden for dishes that will dazzle your taste buds.

See which delectable herbs you should be growing in your garden for dishes that will dazzle your taste buds.


See which delectable herbs you should be growing in your garden for dishes that will dazzle your taste buds.

The easiest way to give your dish some pizzaz is to throw in a few fresh herbs towards the end of the cooking time. Using herbs in your dishes not only enhances the natural flavors, it also cuts back on the amount of other seasonings needed to give the dish some flair. Cooking with herbs is a great way to cut back on salt and reduce sodium intake while simultaneously adding extra nutrients.

Basil

One of the most frequently used herbs for cooking is basil. This multi-tasking powerhouse can be used on anything from pizzas to pastas to salads. A hardy herb to grow, harvest several bunches at a time to make batches of fresh pesto and freeze some for future use.

Rosemary

The fragrant aroma of this herb is reason alone to grow it in your garden but it is also a staple for cooking with poultry. Chop it up and use as a marinade or place several whole rosemary sprigs inside a chicken or turkey before roasting it in the oven.

Parsley

This popular garnish adds an extra layer of subtle flavor to dishes, particularly when sprinkled on soups. Plus, it's always nice to have on hand as a way of garnishing a dish for a more finished look.

Oregano

Along with basil, oregano is another frequently used herb in the kitchen. The savory aroma and taste is most commonly used for pizzas, sauces, and marinades.

Dill

This herb might be more frequently associated with pickles, but it is an excellent complement for fish. Chop up some dill and add it to cucumbers and cream cheese for a fresh, easy sandwich.

Plant a few of these herbs in your outdoor garden or even in small containers to keep on your kitchen window sill and cook up some new culinary creations.
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