Health & Herbs
Herbs are valuable is so many ways. They can be used as aromatics, as ingredients, and as medicine. Growing a variety of herbs in your garden will improve your life exponentially. Plus, they're quite easy to grow which makes them a breeze to add to your indoor or outdoor garden. These three I recommend for any garden, large or small.
The versatility of basil seems boundless. Basil has been used in cuisines for a long time. It adds immense flavor to pasta sauces, dipping oils, soups, and vegetables. Most notably, fresh basil is used to make pesto. Use fresh basil whenever possible. Dried basil doesn't have the same flavor or health benefits as fresh.
Basil provides vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, and magnesium. It is an amazing source of antioxidants, something you can usually only get from foods like fruit. It also works as an anti-inflammatory, holds antibacterial properties, and works as a natural adaptogen, which assists your body in handling stress.
It takes a lot of basil to make pesto, so be sure to plant at least 4 plants if that is your plan. Otherwise, one or two basil plants is enough. Basil plants are annuals so you will need to plant new ones each year.
Once regulated to the sad fate as a mere garnish, parsley has come around again to show us how incredible it is to flavor foods and how wonderful it is for our health. Fresh parsley is great added to green salads, smoothies, and homemade juices. It can be used in marinades and dressings and works as a great substitute for basil in pesto.
Parsley is high in vitamins A and C and very high in vitamin K. Vitamin K is good for the health of your heart and bones and is necessary for good blood clotting. It also provides potassium, folate, iron, magnesium, and calcium. Parsley is high in antioxidants and can help with inflammation.
One parsley plant will go a long way. It should be harvested regularly so the plant can produce more. If it is left to long, the leaves will turn yellow and taste bitter. Parsley is a biennial.
Sprigs of rosemary will brighten up soups, stews, proteins, baked potatoes, infused oils, and the entire household if it is left to hang from the ceiling to dry. Fresh rosemary has a subtler flavor than the dried but either can be used for flavoring without too much of a difference.
When it comes to improving one's health, though, rosemary is not subtle at all. It provides iron, potassium, fiber, calcium, copper, magnesium, B vitamins, and vitamin A. Rosemary has been linked to improved memory and better digestive function.
Rosemary is a perennial, so once you plant it, you'll be able to enjoy it for years. One plant is generally more than adequate for a household. Rosemary plants will grow as large as you allow them, so if you want more, transplant it to a larger pot. Or, plant it outside and watch it grow into a large shrub!
Fresh herbs have been used for millennia to improve the lives of people all over the world. Add these to your garden to discover the benefits of having fresh herbs at your fingertips.
Check out our new menu released this week, especially our Cast Iron Cornbread - With Caramel Corn Butter, Rosemary Crumb and Sea Salt.