Guide to Fresh Herbs – Part 1

Blossom Lady
Jul 18, 2020 04:18 AM

Hope you liked this little guide. Next time I will tell you about less common herbs that are pretty awesome, and share some ideas of how to prep and store the fresh herbs.

Do you grow herbs at home? What are your favorite? Tell me, let’s discuss in comments!

Herbs can magically flavor up dishes without resorting to loads of salt, butter, and cheese. Adding a little green to a meal not only makes it prettier and tastier, but can pack some exceptional health benefits, too. Learn how to use the most common fresh herbs, that will give a delicious accent to your favorite dishes!

Guide to Fresh Herbs – Part 1


Guide to Fresh Herbs – Part 1

Used externally, rosemary essential oil can be applied in a diluted form to relieve muscle cramps and arthritic joint pain. It also has a reputation for preventing allergies, improving memory and concentration, boosting the immune system.

Rich source of antioxidants, iron, zinc, calcium, and vitamin B6.
Rosemary complements similarly strong flavors such as wine and garlic; starchy foods (bread, scones, potatoes); rich meats such as lamb, pork, duck and game; vegetables such as eggplants, zucchini; and is also used in sausages, soups and stews, or steeped in olive oil to flavor them. Use them finely chopped.


Guide to Fresh Herbs – Part 1

My favorite herb! For more than three millennia, coriander has been cultivated for its aromatic foliage, roots and seeds, all found in the tombs of the pharaohs. The pungent leaves and stalks are popular in Southern Asian, Middle Eastern, South American and Mexican cooking, in salads, soups, legume dishes, curries and stir fries. Long cooking destroys the flavor of the leaves, so add them just before serving. Roast the seeds to enhance their flavor.
Reduces skin inflammation, helps to lower cholesterol level, reduces allergic reactions.
Rich source of iron, calcium, essential oils and
vitamin C.
Coriander is a common ingredient in spice rubs, marinades, chilis, sauces, soups, curries, chicken dishes, potato gratins.


Guide to Fresh Herbs – Part 1

French lavender is frequently included in the herb blend herbes de provence, which benefits from the subtle floral flavor. As a rule, lavender can be used similarly to fresh rosemary, in recipes like meat marinades and baked breads. Lavender flowers also make a beautiful garnish for salads, desserts, and more.

Relieves stress, promotes restful sleep, prevents infections, reduces inflammation.

Lavender is high in antioxidants, vitamins A and E.


Guide to Fresh Herbs – Part 1

Basil is one of the great culinary herbs. Different varieties are used extensively in both European and Asian cooking. Basil can be consumed in larger quantities than some of the stronger flavoured herbs and therefore may be of a higher nutritional value.
Basil has high anticancer potential, and treats headaches, lowers blood sugar level.

Basil is an excellent source of iron, calcium, potassium and Vitamin C, all of which are hugely beneficial to one's health. It also contains smaller amounts of Vitamin A, magnesium and manganese.

Pick up a bunch of this fragrant herb while it's in season. And don't worry about how you'll manage to use it all—there are just so many delicious ways.
Go the traditional route and whip up a mean pesto sauce. Use as a condiment or as a sauce for fish or pasta dishes. Infuse your favorite olive oil with basil. It only takes a few minutes! Whip up a batch of a summer veggie soup--add ribbons of chopped basil for more seasonal flair. Toss whole basil leaves on your favorite pizza when it's hot out of the oven. Delicious! In cooked dishes, basil quickly loses its aroma and the leaves tend to darken, so add it to give depth of flavor during cooking and then, for fragrance and visual appeal, stir in a little more just before serving.


Guide to Fresh Herbs – Part 1

In the culinary world arugula is used as a herb, a salad green and even a leaf vegetable, making it a versatile ingredient in the kitchen. It can be used both raw and cooked, though cooking will give the leaves a milder flavor.

Reduces the risk of cancer, improves eyesight, and strengthens the brain.
Rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, vitamins A, C, E, and folic acid.

Add to raw pesto and sauces to showcase its pungency. Use as a leafy bed for grilled seafood. Chop and sprinkle atop pizza and pasta just before serving. Combine with other greens to spice up a salad. Add whole leaves to grilled cheese sandwiches.

Sakura Cherry Blossoms

Guide to Fresh Herbs – Part 1

Sakura is getting more and more appreciated and not just because of its beauty. The Sakura flowers have a very subtle, flowery flavor. Combining sublime appearance and taste, Sakura is a great ingredient both for flavoring and decoration.

Improves the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and protects skin natural barriers and vision.

Rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
Use it to beautify cookies and pastries, simply cook it with rice, or use it to cook traditional Japanese mochi or any salad.


Guide to Fresh Herbs – Part 1

Sage helps to improve brain function, reduces inflammation, strengthens bones and prevents diabetes. Rich in vitamins K and B6, manganese, calcium, iron. Sage is a herb with several promising health benefits.
It's high in antioxidants and may help support oral health, aid brain function and lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. This green spice is also easy to add to almost any savory dish. It can be enjoyed fresh, dried or as a tea.

Whether you use fresh or dried sage will determine when the herb should be added to the recipe. Sage is often paired with other herbs such as thyme, marjoram, and rosemary and harmonizes well with garlic, onion, oregano, parsley, and bay leaf.

Add to pasta sauces; use for meat or poultry stuffings; quickly fry in butter and use as a garnish for risotto or pumpkin dishes.
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Claudette Anderson
Jul 20, 2020 06:09 AM
I grow herbs in my garden in abundance and would love to know how to preserved them.
Do you have ideas to give me.
Thanks for your advises.
Blossom Lady Claudette Andersonreplied to
Jul 20, 2020 08:17 AM
I grow herbs in my garden in abundance and would love to know how to preserved them.
Do you have ideas to give me.
Thanks for your advises.
Hi, Claudette! You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed the tips! That's great! Which herbs do you grow?
As for preserving, I prefer freezing and drying. For immediate freezing: harvest the parts you want to freeze, chop them and pack them into ice cube trays: this is an ideal ‘portion’ which can be used when you have no fresh herbs available. I have a special rack for air drying, but it takes longer. Sometimes I dry them in an oven on a very low heat. I think I'll sum up everything in detail in a separate post soon :)
Jul 20, 2020 08:34 AM
I would like recipes on how to use these. Example: do you eat the petals of the cherry blossoms, dry them first or when they're soft in the tree make tea, summer for how long, etc
Jul 21, 2020 06:09 AM
I would like recipes on how to use these. Example: do you eat the petals of the cherry blossoms, dry them first or when they're soft in the tree make tea, summer for how long, etc
Hi Ann! Sure, I'll prepare a list of my favorite recipes and how-to guide in a couple of days! Sakura tea, for example, is amazing, very healthy and relaxing!