There are tons of herbs to choose from but I’ve picked a handful of easy, delicious, perennial herbs - herbs that you can plant once and they’ll grow for years. Each of these herbs can be harvested continually as needed. In fact, the more you cut them back, the more prolific they will become.
- Rosemary adds flavor to bread, butter, jam, meat, vegetables and stews.
- Oregano is a Mediterranean herb that is often used in Greek as well as Mexican cuisine. It goes well with sausage and tomatoes as well as other meats and vegetables.
- Thyme has a woody stem and small intensely aromatic leaves. It is common in French Cuisine and is used to flavor cheese as well as egg and tomato dishes.
- Parsley adds freshness to a dish. Its used in dressings and sauces and often as a garnish.
- Chives are in the onion family and the thin, hollow leaves are a great addition to egg and potato dishes.
- Bay leaves are often added soup and stew and add to the flavor of meat and fish.
- Sage is a strong herb so use sparingly. It serves as flavoring for cheese, fish, and it is often used to season pickles.
Caring for your herbs is as simple as finding them a home near a south-facing window to allow for maximum daylight and watering them as needed. Stick your finger about an inch beneath the soil to determine whether your container needs more water to keep the soil moist. And of course, harvest your herbs whenever you are cooking to add flavor to your dishes and help your plants grow bigger and stronger. Enjoy!