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What’s the most rewarding plant you grow in your garden?
We all answer differently, because we all have different favorites. It might be tomatoes. It might be squash. It might be lettuce. But here’s something we all know:
When you carry that bounty into your kitchen, herbs tie everything together during mealtime!
They might be the smallest plants you’ll ever grow, but herbs have a remarkable power to make everything taste (and smell) delicious. That’s why you should prioritize learning about culinary herbs.
Why Grow Herbs?
Fresh Herbs Have a Superior Flavor & Smell
If you haven’t used fresh herbs before, you’re going to be like a child in a mud puddle–full of excitement! Fresh herbs have a superior flavor that permeates everything, unlike dried herbs that often don’t have much flavor or taste left by the time you use them. (Dried herbs usually taste dry and dusty.) Also, fresh herbs also SMELL much, much stronger than dried herbs, providing scents for non-culinary projects.
Because of their bold, delicious flavors, fresh herbs add variety to your mealtimes. Even if you eat the same foods repeatedly because they’re growing well in your garden or readily available from a local source, a good combination of herbs will make those meals taste different every time!
Homegrown Herbs Save You Money
And by the way, have you priced dried herbs (especially organic herbs without preservatives) at the grocery store? You could spend $10 on just a few, tiny bottles of dried leaves, and that won’t last you long in the kitchen!
And the fresh herbs? They’re usually wilted by the time they arrive at the grocery store or farmer’s market. And the longer they sit after being cut, the more flavor they lose. Fresh herbs are often very expensive, too.
If you use a lot of herbs in cooking, you’ll definitely save money growing and preserving your own fresh herbs. And they’ll probably taste better than anything you could ever buy, anyway.
Culinary Herb Series
To educate you about several common culinary herbs, we’re starting a new blog series. We’ll be covering the following herbs in this series:
These posts will introduce you to each herb, and you’ll learn how it’s grown, used, and preserved. Plant these herbs outside in your garden or plant in a pot, so you can bring inside over the winter and enjoy their flavors year around! Enjoy learning about culinary herbs, and browse our herb seeds here.