Ever tasted a dish and thought to yourself how flavorful it was? Herbs are often used to enhance a dish and raise the flavor profile to a new level. Herbs are sometimes an afterthought when it comes to meal planning and preparation. The next Fresh Focus podcast brings these flavor dynamos to focus.
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Herbs have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal properties. Herbs add flavor to cooking without adding any fat or sodium. Not only do they add great flavor to your plate, but they offer a wide array of health benefits as well.
Caring for your herbs
Growing herbs at home doesn’t have to be expensive. And because they can be hardy, they are great for a beginner gardener. Some are very affordable to buy fresh. The important thing to remember when buying fresh is to make sure to store them appropriately. Because they do not always keep for long periods of time, it’s important to purchase them close to the time you are going to use them.
Store dried herbs and spices in a cool, dry, dark place. Keep powdered herbs for no longer than one year. The longer dried herbs sit the more flavor they lose. Add fresh as close to serving time as possible for the most flavorful results.
Growing a garden
You know the best thing you can do to get the most flavor out of your herbs? You can grow your own at home!
You do not need to be an expert gardener. You also do not need a large yard or a ton of outdoor space. All you’ll need to start growing is a repurposed container or a spot of ground, some soil, water and some research of the right growing environment for the herbs you are wanting to cultivate.
Choose one or two herbs that you use frequently and give it a shot. You’re not going to learn unless you try. Growing herbs and using them for cooking can add some extra flavor and color to your dishes that will leave the whole family asking for more. Some examples may be adding mint, cilantro, basil and parsley to your next salad or sprinkling some dill or parsley into your potatoes.
Listen in to Fresh Focus episode 36, where Marion VA registered dietitian nutritionist Loran reviews growing your own herbs and make your own challenge for yourself today. Try a new herb this week and maybe even start up your own garden.