7 Herbs for Spring

April 9th, 2009 by Jane

The herbs are coming up in my garden and I will have enough to flavor our holiday dinner this week. Herbs mix wonderfully with flowers in the garden. I just plant mine in between the roses and zinnias. The more you snip them to add to recipes, the better they grow. Check out The Herb Garden for more information (the lovely photo, above, came from their site.) Here are some of my favorites, with a few recipes to get you inspired!

1. Arugula
Definitely an herb for grown-ups. It’s spicy leaves are a great addition to a salad, but try this recipe for pesto. Feel free to substitute walnuts or toasted pecans for the pine nuts. This also freezes very well. Just let is sit out for a bit at room temperature. I toss it on hot pasta or spread it with goat cheese on crackers. Yum! 

2. Bay Leaf
The Bay Laurel plant will grow easily in your garden or a container. Use the leaves fresh or dry some to share with neighbors. Try the delicious-looking Potatoes Roasted with Olive Oil and Bay Leaves for an elegant side dish.

3. Cilantro
My absolute favorite herb. Try the following recipe for radish salsa and you just might become addicted. If you like a spicier salsa, just add some minced jalapeno pepper.
  1 cup radishes, small dice
  1 cup of tomatoes, diced
  1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped
  1/2 cup red onion, diced
  garlic, minced and to taste
  Lime juice, to taste (I like A LOT)
  Salt and pepper to taste 

4. Epazote
This is hard to find fresh, so look for seeds to grow. You know when you eat at a great little dive Mexican food joint and the beans are the most delicious you’ve ever had? Epazote is the secret ingredient. It is purported to lessen the side effects eating beans has on the digestive tract.

5. Mints
My dad planted several varieties of mint where the condensation drain from his air conditioner drips into his yard and he now has a mint forest. I love that this herb can be used in beverages, sweet or savory dishes.

6. Lemon Grass
Surprisingly easy to grow, lemon grass is delicious in soups or as a flavor for beverages.

7. Sorrel
One of the best soups I have ever eaten was a potato-sorrel soup I had in New Mexico. I am going to try to replicate it with this recipe

2 Responses to “7 Herbs for Spring”

  1. Ann Guidry Says:

    Thanks for the bay leaf and sorrel reminder. They’ll make nice additions to my usual – though lovely – mix.

  2. Whitney Segura Says:

    Great post, I was looking for some new ideas for my garden this Spring! I love your blog, two thumbs up!


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