Herbs: Adding Flavour to Your Life!

Herbs are the leafy greens of herbal plants, shrubs or tree (bay leaves) and come from temperate climates. There are many types of herbs such as the culinary herb which is used to impart a distinct flavour of foods, enhancing or accenting them. Then there are the medical herbs which can be used either as an infusion be consumed (as a tea), place over a wound as an antiseptic, for healing and for skin cleansing or treatment. Lastly there are the aromatherapies herbs which help soothe, calm and relax us. Usually only a small amount of herbs is needed to add flavour (a tablespoon or two) and is normally chopped or torn up to release the flavour and would not be eaten by itself. Below I present to you some of the herbs which maybe just spice up and add more flavour to your life.

Common Culinary Herbs

- BASIL
Ocimum basilicum
The chopped Basil leaves fresh or dried, have a clove-like flavor and taste which is excellent for seasoning vegetables and meat

- CHIVES
Allium schoenoprasum
Besides decorating the garden, Chive leaves have an onion flavour which can be used fresh or dried in salads or a seasoning.

- CORIANDER (Cilantro)
Coriandrum sativum
Coriander seeds are used for spices in baking and are used for stuffing as it tastes and smells like orange leaves. Fresh Cilantro leaves are essential in Chinese and Southeast Asian dishes such as curries as well as in Mexican salsas.

- DILL
Anethum graveolens
Dill leaves can be used for salads, seed stalks for dill pickles and when dried can be used to season meats, fish, and vegetables.

- MINT
Spearmint Mentha spicata Peppermint Mentha piperata
Loved for its fragrance, mint leaves when crushed flavours tea, candies, mint sauce and others whilst oil from plant is source of menthol.

- OREGANO
Origanum vulgare
Fresh or dried oregano leaves is used to season meat or vegetable and is most famously used in pizzas and pastas.

- PARSLEY
Petroselinum crispum
Parsley is rich in vitamins A and C and is best used when fresh. It is also commonly used for seasoning soup, meats and salads.

There are other herbs that are used in for other purposes. These are just the common herbs in culinary and food. Hope this can be useful. Bye and good day. :)

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