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Herbs are an important part of cooking regardless of which cuisines you like best. Growing fresh herbs in your yard, on the balcony or even on the kitchen windowsill is easy and fun, and dried herbs in the store cupboard are another good idea so you can always have the right seasoning on hand. Learning about the different herbs takes time – not only which herbs can be used together to make a herb blend, but also which ones go in which dishes and with which other ingredients.

Most of us are familiar with at least some herbs, such as cilantro, basil and parsley which are very common types, along with mint and chives, but do you know what tarragon tastes like or how best to use fresh sage? Even professional chefs who use herbs on a daily basis are still discovering new ways to use them and coming up with new dishes which are enhanced with aromatic and delicious herbs to bring out the flavor of the whole meal.

Herbs are a healthy and economical way of flavoring your homemade dishes and can be used in combination with spices and/or other seasonings. You will find herbs in nearly every type of dish, including appetizers, snacks, soups, casseroles, stir-fries, and even in some beverages and desserts. Some can be used to make herbal teas while others have medical benefits. Many can be mashed into melted butter and then left to set so you end up with herb butter, or you could add fresh herbs to oil to make your own herb oil. Keep some herbs in pots and simply pull or snip off what you need. The plant will keep growing and you will never run out of herbs if you do this.

Some dishes can be made with dried herbs while others are better with the fresh ones. Some recipes are good whichever kind you use. There are dishes which absolutely require herbs – imagine pesto without basil or salsa without cilantro! Perhaps you are curious which herbs are best with fish or with meat, or maybe you want to make homemade soup and you are wondering which ones would go with that. Perhaps you simply want to learn more about the different kinds of herbs available or find out which offer a strong, robust flavor and which are more subtle and delicate in their flavor profiles. Knowing what to do with herbs means you can add a gourmet touch to every meal and add these special, natural flavors to everything you make.

Basic Herbs

Infograph showing some of the most common herbs used in weekday cooking recipes. This is not an all-inclusive list but gives a pretty thorough idea of many of the possibilities. Laid out for quick reference to what you need to know…

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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