The Power of Fresh Herbs
BASIL, ROSEMARY, THYME, OREGANO, PARSLEY, MINT
healthy & delicious
We've all been guilty of walking past a farmers market stall and stopping suddenly to inhale the delectable scent of herbs. This simple reaction is testament to herbs’ powers. Though small, their tantalizing smells stop us in our tracks, their strong flavors enhance any dish, and their multiple health
benefits have made them popular healing agents for centuries.
Knowing your herbs goes a long way when cooking. Some of the more delicate herbs like basil, chives, cilantro, dill, parsley, and mint are best when added a few minutes before the end of cooking and are just as good sprinkled on food when serving. Other herbs, like oregano, rosemary, and thyme, can be
added in the last half hour of cooking.
Herbs are also good sources of vitamins and minerals, and many, like thyme and parsley, have anti-antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. For example, rosemary boosts brainpower, peppermint soothes symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome, and oregano fights inflammation.
Although herbs aren’t typically perceived as nutritionally rich due to the smaller quantities used, some herbs have notable nutritional values. Fennel, for example, has relatively high levels of vitamin C and parsley has a greater concentration of beta carotene than carrots.
Take advantage of the herbs available at your farmers market. They will add healthy, delicious flavors throughout your day whether in your morning tea or your chicken and potatoes. You simply can’t go wrong with using local herbs to spice up your food.