Growing Kitchen Herbs? Here are Your Top 10 Herb Garden Plants
Basil is rather easy to grow and is absolutely fantastic in lots of our favourite meals. Basil is an annual herb, but for indoor kitchen herbs (Culinary herbs) you can have it at your fingertips all year, each year, by planting seeds in pots frequently. This way you can always have basil growing.
- Tomate sauces: spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce
- Pesto sauce
- Soups and stews
- Meats (poultry, beef, pork)
Chives are perennial herbs, so they’ll thrive indefinitely without needing to start new plants. Growing chives, with their sweet Zwiebel taste, will let you amaze your friends and family as you easily create odd homemade condiments and dishes. Don’t forget you could eat the blossoms of chives plants too!
Using Chives: Use chives as a milder alternative to onions
- Baked potato with chives
- Fantastic option for a butter herb recipe
- Flavoring cheese with chives
- Homemade dips and spreads
- Egg salad with chives
Cilantro or Coriander (seeds)
The cilantro plant is an annual, but with regular indoor planting during the entire year, you will always have cilantro growing and accessible. The whole cilantro plant is edible. Roots, stems, leaves and flowers, making the cilantro herb among the most flexible and diverse of your herb garden crops.
Cilantro Uses (leaves)
- Stews and soups with cilantro
- Spaghetti sauce with cilantro
- Try cilantro in crab cakes or cilantro fish cakes. Delicious.
- Diced cilantro for flavoring meat and ground beef (hamburger and meat balls)
- Chopped cilantro roots for flavoring stews and soups
- Bean dishes
Cilantro Seeds (Coriander)
- Grind coriander seeds to use in homemade curry sauces
- Ground coriander for flavoring meat
Note: The dried cilantro plant is a delightfully scented addition to homemade potpourris.
Dill is an annual herb. It’s rather a tall herb, it’s easy to grow from seed, and has really lovely flowers. There’s a mistaken perception that dill is mostly useful with vinegar in the pickling process. However, it’s a shame to restrict dill to such a narrow usage.
Dill Uses: Use dill as a milder and more complex substitute for black pepper
- Dill in butter herb recipe
- Dill bread
- Soups and stews
- Fish flavoring
- Dill blossoms are amazing in blossoms
Fennel is a perennial herb that’s completely edible, from roots to blossoms. When developing kitchen herbs, including fennel to your listing, opens up a world of delicious and on top of that, unusual tastes to your meals.
Using Fennel Seeds
- Use fennel seeds in the flavoring of ground meats (beef and pork )
- Fennel seeds can be added to baked goods and breads
Using Fennel leaves
- Fish with fennel leaves
- Baked vegetables with fennel leaves
- Fennel cheese spreads and homemade dips
With literally thousands of varieties of mint plants, you’ve a wide option for these very beneficial herb garden plants. Mint is incredibly easy to grow, but this may also be an issue since it can take over large regions of your outdoor garden since it develops and spreads so successfully and quickly. I recommend keeping mint plants in check by growing them strictly indoors in containers and baskets.
Uses for Mint Plants: Use fresh mint as a much more delicious replacement for artificial mint flavoring
- Homemade mint jelly (amazing with pork dishes)
- Cookies, baked products and icing
- Homemade candies and candy
- Steep in hot water for homemade mint tea. Try adding sugar and lemon and serve cold as a very refreshing summer beverage.
The oregano plant is a perennial and is a really easy to grow herb, which makes it among the most popular culinary herbs (herbs used in cooking.) It does not mind dry dirt, so eucalyptus only requires watering every few weeks. It doesn’t need fertilizing and really prefers to not be fertilized. Oregano is flavorful for cooking when it’s used dried. See my post for how dry herbs are made at home.
Oregano is an absolute must, as we create a new healthier menu and life for our families. Why? Using oregano in our comfortable and favorite meals will make our leaving from processed and instant foods effortless. Herb garden plants such as oregano, transform spaghetti sauces, pizza and lean ground meats into complete power houses of pure flavor.
Using Dried Oregano
- All tomato dishes
- Oregano spiced meats – chicken, pork, beef etc
- Baked and stir fried veggies with oregano
- Homemade oregano oil and balsamic vinegar dressings
- Stuffings and savory oregano breads
- Sauces, soups and stews
Parsley is a biennial herb. This means that its whole life cycle from germination, growing, flowering and dying happens in a two year time period. However, parsley in the outdoor herb garden frequently seeds itself and begins fresh plants with sunlight of the spring. Indoors, the seeds are so small, they can be put on top of the ground and watered to reach germination.
Parsley is a comfortable garnish thrown in addition to meals ordered at restaurants. This is a really old tradition dating back to parsley’s use as a breath freshener chewed after the primary course of a meal. However, parsley is a flavorful herb that ought to be included more broadly in our cooking. For tips on drying parsley, see my post about how tender herbs are created.
- Fresh parsley in salads
- Fresh parsley as an attractive garnish
- Dried parsley used liberally in soups, stews and notably chowders
- Fresh parsley for a refreshing, light olive oil salad dressing
Sage is a perennial herb which grows to a blue-green leafed bush. The new leaves are the most gratifying for cooking. People are often unaware that herb garden crops such as sage, exist in various kinds of foods they love. Adding sage to some of your household favorite meals will place your recipes apart from recognizable and frequently bland modern recipes.
- Turkey stuffing with sage
- Sage added to homemade jams and jellies
- Meat flavoring. Especially sage poultry and pork
- Sage with scrambled eggs, egg salad, deviled eggs
Another perennial herb, thyme is a perfect in conjunction with oregano and basil. Growing kitchen herbs together like oregano, basil and thyme, gives you a great small Italian herb garden.
- Thyme as a fragrant herb for potpourris and blossom packs for drawers
- Steeped in warm water to get thyme tea
- All tomato sauces
- dried and fresh thyme spiced meats, chicken, pork, beef etc
- Baked and stir fried veggies
- Homemade Italian oil and balsamic vinegar dressings
- Stuffings and savory breads
- Sauces, soups and stews
- Thyme blended with rice
- Eggs with thyme
- Cheese with thyme
There you have it. My top 10 herb garden crops. Use this list to bring energy and health back into your menu with the ability of fresh herbs grown on your own herb garden. In my next article I’ll be speaking in more detail about growing herbs in pots, so that you can begin your kitchen herb garden straight away.