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Cooking with Herbs

Herbs are essential ingredients for flavoring and spicing up recipes all over the world. Without them, eating would be pretty boring. Herbs add flavor, character, and uniqueness to recipes. Used alone or in combination, they help to make cooking fun and enjoyable, and eating a sheer pleasure!

Whether you plant them yourself, or pick them up at the grocery store or farmer’s market, adding fresh herbs is a quick way to turn your meals into experience. Once you begin to use fresh herbs in your favorite recipes, you’ll never return to using just dried herbs again.

Besides helping flavor foods when cutting back on salt, fat and sugar, herbs may offer additional benefits of their own. Researchers are finding many culinary herbs (both fresh and dried) have antioxidants that may help protect against such diseases as cancer and heart disease.

If you’ve always thought you’d like to plant an herb garden, now is a good time to start one. Do it the easy way, and plant your garden with herb plants from Behnke Nurseries. We carry dozens of varieties. Our favorite herb, basil, prefers warm weather, so wait until May before planting it out.

Herb gardens are fun and easy to grow. They also take up little space. Put your herb garden up against your house or garage wall, the idea is to keep them close so you can walk out and pick the herbs you need for the day’s meal. Or, plant some in a container on your deck or porch.

Experiment with planting a combination-container, mixing herbs with ornamental annuals. A few herbs in your container garden will add texture, and you will get a whiff wonderful fragrances as you brush by.

Tip: If you are growing perennials or biennials, make sure to plan your herb garden so as not to disturb them the next year. And remember, as a rule of thumb, herbs need full sun and well-drained soil.

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