8 Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen With Different Health Benefitscomments (3) July 26th, 2016
Growing herbs at the comfort of our own home is one of the best things you can do. Not only do they contain health benefits, growing them will save you money as you won't need to buy them in the grocer. Because let's face it, they are pretty expensive given that they're into packed into small packages.
You can have your own herbs indoors without having to worry about space and sunlight. Most herbs require little to no light and they can pretty much grow anywhere. And growing them doesn't really require you to have the greenest of thumbs!
Here are eight herbs you can grow at the comfort of your home.
Basil is one of the favorite herbs in the kitchen, but it is a tough one to grow. Advisable to grow it best during the warm, summer month, Basil grows as an annual or short-lived perennial. If you're after the classic aroma and flavor, try growing 'Genovese'. For a hint of citrus, try 'lemon', 'Spicy Globe' for compact growth (8010 inches tall) and 'Siam Queen' for that unique and spicy flavor. The African Blue variety and Thai Basil really does well in indoors.
Thyme needs a little supplemental light when growing. So it's best to place it near the window. For the best culinary ones, go for Lemon thyme (T. x citriodorus) and French thyme (T. Vulgaris 'Narrow Leaf French'). They aren't easily available in the market and provide great flavor. The creeping 'Oregano' thyme, on the other hand, offers oregano undertones.
Oregano, like the Thyme, needs sunlight in order to grow. Only, Oregano needs a lot of sunlight. So pick a location in the house where rays of sunlight are a normal visitor. Harvesting the leaves of Oregano encourages growth of new ones. The oregano plant can be productive for two years and should be replaced once it becomes woody.
In choosing what type of Oregano to plant, it's best to go for the Greek one as it has the true authentic oregano flavor. The Kaliteri (O. vulgare 'Kaliteri') is a Greek strain that is both spicy and flavorful but isn't too bitter and can grow of up to 12 inches in pots.
Cilantros are best planted from seeds. They are known as the Chinese parsley and is short-lived annual plant with a distinct parsley/sage/citrus-like flavor. They relatively grow quickly but once harvested, they do not grow back. You can extend harvest by planting three pots at different stages (seeded, intermediate growth and ready to harvest). Cilantros are known to have very low calorie content and contain no cholesterol. It's has a good amount of antoioxidant. For better understanding of what Cilantro can do to your body and how you can use it for cooking meals, better ask the aid of a Nutrition Inspector.
The dill is an aromatic annual plant best grown for its leaves especially when grown indoors. Like the cilantro, sowing of several pots for its different stages is needed for continual supply. The 'Fernleaf' dill is a compact variety and is very ideal for growing indoors.
Mints are very invasive plants. They have the tendency to outgrew other herbs so it's best to give them their own pots. Peppermint (M. x piperita) and spearmint (M. spicata) are good choices of mint plants to grow in your kitchen. The peppermint is great for teas while the spearmint, which you will need more of, is great for your cooking recipes.
The parsley doesn't need much sun. And both the Italian flat-leaf (P. crispum var. neapolitanum) and curly-leaf parsley (P. crispum) are great choices when grown indoors. The Italian variety is often favored because of its robust flavor. When harvesting, it's best to cut the outer leaves. This will help new growth from the center and will keep the parsley productive for a few more months.
The rosemary needs supplemental light so a very sunny window would suffice. It' best to look for the upright varieties like the Taylor's Blue, Tuscan Blue, Blue Spire or the Salem. Even though it needs a dry place to thrive, drying out the soil of the rosemary plant would allow it to die.
Growing fresh herbs indoor can be a great way to add healthy nutrients to your daily diet. They offer vitamins, are great antioxidants and ultimately have a lot of benefits.
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