7 Unusual Culinary Herbs to Start Cooking With by Anna Brones from ecorazzi

Image courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

Right now, your garden (or window sill, or pots) might be bursting with fresh herbs.  We need to get it while the getting is good.  But, what about those less utilized leafy culinary treats?

Anna Brones introduces us to red basil, lemon verbena, scented geranium, lovage, chocolate mint, sorrel, and culinary lavender.  She suggests expanding the use of the red Thai basil into salads and simple syrups.  Consider adding lavender in vegan may0 (which resembles the aoili Brones suggests) or in a marinade paste for tempeh or tofu. Maybe consider lovage instead of celery in your next pot of soup.

Many of these are herbs I use more for scent or drink accents than in on-the-stove cooking.  Seems it’s time to expand my herbal world!  I think I’ll scout out some of my local nurseries to see if they have any of these tempting plants available.

By the way, did you know that gardening may help with depression?  The HuffPost recently reported that:

The U.K. publication [Gardener’s World] polled 1,500 adults and found that those who garden were more likely than the average person to report feeling satisfied with their lives (80% of gardeners versus 67% for non-gardeners).

So… imagine this:  happier tongue, stomach, and soul.  Imagine.

See what Anna Brones says in detail, here.

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