5 Herbs and their Health Benefits and uses in Cooking
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5 Herbs and their Health Benefits and uses in Cooking

Why do I grow my Herbs fresh?

It gives me great pride watching them grow and being able to use it in cooking. Its a fun Project to do with the kids. Herbs are very useful to flavor food and if grown yourself it can be cheap and organic too. 5 of my top favorite herbs are:

    1. Basil

      Basil leaves have a lovely aroma, some might even call it seductive.

      Used in Food:

      When thinking of Basil the first food to come to mind is of course pesto, so rich so flavorful.  Basil leaves are used in soups as a garnishing. They can also be used in salads. No better pairing than that of Fresh Basil, Slices of Tomato and torn Buffalo cheese, Bellissimo!

      Health benefits:

      Antibacterial, Anti inflammatory and Anti ageing

    2. Oregano

      The more you crush the oregano leaves the more flavor is released into your food. Oregano is very hard to find fresh and hence mostly consumed in the powdered form.

      Used in Food:

      Used very famously in Italian cuisine: in Margarita pizza, also used in fresh breads and is awesome in baked vegetable dishes like eggplant parmigiana.

      Health Benefits:

      Potent antibacterial and antioxidant

    3. Coriander

      I can not do without some coriander alas, this is one herb that I struggle to grow in my garden. So if there are any of you readers out there that are growing coriander by the pot fulls I would love to know your secret.

      Used in Food:

      Mainly used in Indian cuisines and chutneys like coriander-mint chutney…. so good!, coriander leaves are so good as a garnishing for daals and also curryies, its used in flavoring meats (Hello Coriander chicken) and its absolutely divine in salads – coriander and sprout salad is another favorite… nom nom!

      Health Benefits:

      Lowers cholesterol levels, useful in treating skin disorders and also prevents menstrual disorders

    4.  

      Mint

      Nothing better than some mint tea to wake up your senses. No trouble growing mint, indoors and outdoors, winter and summer its a good hardy plant unlike the coriander.

      Used in Food:

      Mint is great in salads and also fruit salads. Watermelon and mint go together beautifully. Mint is great in seasoning rice. Also mint and yogurt is a winning combination add some dill and you have Doogh, which is an Iranian summer drink. Tzatziki is a yogurt dip that uses cucumber and mint and it is delicious.

      Health Benefits:

      Aids in indigestion, when used orally is antibacterial and relieve bad breath,may help relieve IBS

    5. Parsley

      Oh yes love me some parsley! Has a very strong over powering flavor used quite extensively in Arabic cuisines. Whether it be curly parsley or flat leaf or Italian parsley.

      Used in Food:

      Love it in my salads. Have you heard of a middle eastern salad called Tabbouleh, uses lots of parsley and is so nommy! Also used in many rice dishes as in Pilafs and Risottos. Parsley chopped up with ground meat makes for delicious burgers and meat balls. Parsley and lamb go very well together. Also used in teas.

      Health Benefits:

      Fights diabetes, Fights cancer, prevents bad breath, Rich source of Folic Acid which aids in Heart Health.What herbs do you use and in with which foods do you pair it with? Which do you prefer Fresh or powdered?

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      Take care,

      HealthyKai

HealthyKai

Kia Ora! I am a big foodie, I live in Auckland and like to write about Food and Wellness. Please read my blog and drop me a line or ask me a question I would love to hear from you ...
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