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What edible herbs are the easiest to grow at home: a list

Alina MilsentLifestyle
What aromatic herbs to grow in the garden or on the balcony. Source: Created with the help of AI

Spring is a busy time for gardeners. You need time to prepare seeds for planting, dig up beds, and fertilize the soil. Even if you don't have a garden, some herbs can be grown even in an apartment.

A container on the balcony or a small pot of flowers on a sunny kitchen window is all you need to add aromatic accents to a variety of dishes. Experts told us what edible herbs you can grow at home.

Basil

Basil is grown as an annual. It is a heat-loving plant that has many different varieties and is traditionally used in Italian cuisine. Basil is worth adding to your diet as it is an important source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Rosemary

Rosemary has a distinctive pine flavor, a cross between sage and lavender. This perennial plant is used as a seasoning for poultry, meat, stews and casseroles. Rosemary is quite hardy, so it can easily withstand temperature changes.

Oregano

Oregano is one of the main spices in Italian and Mexican cuisine. Its strong spicy flavor can be used to season poultry, cereals, legumes, spaghetti, and pizza. This easy-to-grow perennial is hardy in most zones and can be grown both indoors and outdoors.

Lavender

This popular Mediterranean perennial is known for its soothing scent and therapeutic properties. The flower buds can be used in recipes and drinks. Lavender is used to make essential oils, bath salts, and scented sachets. Although lavender does best outdoors in hot, dry conditions, it can also be grown in a sunny spot at home from seeds or small starter plants.

Lemon verbena

Lemon verbena has a high concentration of oils with an intense citrus scent that is released on contact with the leaves. The leaves are a refreshing addition to fish and poultry dishes, salad dressings, jams and drinks. Verbena has many health benefits and is also used as an ingredient in cleaners.

Parsley

Parsley and dill are the most popular herbs in the garden. Parsley has a mild bitter taste. The herb is used for soups, stews, and salads. Parsley is also a common ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine. It helps digestion and is a good source of vitamins A and C.

Medicinal sage

The pungent, piney flavor of culinary sage is best combined with other strong-tasting herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves. Use sage as a seasoning for meat, sauces, root vegetables, and stews. This hardy shrub thrives even in arid conditions. It is best to grow sage in the garden, but you can also plant it in pots on a sunny windowsill.

Tarragon

A favorite of gourmet chefs, tarragon is a classic ingredient in a variety of sauces and salads in French cuisine. Tarragon is also good for soups, eggs and seafood dishes. This herb, which is cultivated from divisions or shoots, is best grown outdoors in a sunny location with good drainage.

Thyme

Thyme is a common ingredient in European, African and Latin American cuisines. Thyme's strong earthy flavor is used as a seasoning for savory dishes such as stews, roasted vegetables, and soups. It can also be added to marinades, teas, and cocktails. Unpretentious thyme can be grown outdoors or in containers, from seeds or seedlings.

Mint

The clean, bright flavor of mint adds depth to Mediterranean and Asian dishes. The sharp leaves have many health benefits. In particular, mint is used as a component of various products to improve digestion.

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