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fresh herb guide

If you like good food, you’ll benefit from this photo guide to fresh herbs! Though often decorative (think chives on baked potatoes), herbs are often a necessity—as in mojitos made with muddled fresh mint. They’re also essential ingredients in some of our top-rated recipes, like Roasted Pepper and Basil Skewers and Marinated Zucchini & Parsley Salad. This guide will show you what kinds of recipes you’ll find herbs in. For example, sage is great in many stuffing recipes, as is thyme—which also is often used in meatloaf, soups and stews. Take a look at different meat and fish collections for more; you’ll find herbs well represented in our chicken recipes and salmon recipes. And definitely check out our farmers’ market recipes for terrific dishes with veggies and more.

Basil

Basil

Fresh basil has a pungent flavor that is very common and popular. Use it in tomato sauces, pesto sauces, vinegar, and with lamb, fish, poultry, pasta, rice, tomatoes and Italian dishes.
Try these recipes:
Grilled Shrimp ItalianoHealthy Living
Shells with Tomato & Basil

Parsley

Parsley

This fresh-flavored herb, slightly green and piny, is more commonly used as a flavoring and as a garnish. Use to flavor grilled meat, poultry, soups, omelets, mashed potatoes, and salads. It may be used in herbal butters and vinegars or as a garnish.
Try these recipes:
Garlic Mashed Potatoes Dijon
Creamy Chicken and Mushrooms

Oregano

Oregano

This herb has a strong flavor and aroma. Used to flavor tomato sauces, vinegar, omelets, quiche, bread, marinated vegetables, beef, poultry, black beans, and pizza.
Try these recipes:
Italian-Style Red Pepper DipHealthy Living
Herbed Onion Marinated Steak

Cilantro

Cilantro

Use in Asian and Mexican cooking or as a garnish. Popular in salsa, guacamole, Thai peanut sauce, enchiladas, and chicken dishes. Cilantro is also called coriander and has a pungent fragrance.
Try these recipes:
Creamy Pico de Gallo Bean Salad
Black Bean Dip
Grilled Chicken with Sassy Citrus SalsaHealthy Living
Chipotle Pork Tenderloin with Plantain and Orange Salsa

Tarragon

Tarragon

This aromatic herb, with narrow, pointed, dark green leaves, is known for its distinctive anise-like flavor. Use to flavor vinegars, herbal butter, shellfish, mayonnaise, sour cream dressing, poultry, turkey, mushrooms, broccoli, and rice. Use the fresh leaves in salads, tartar sauce, and French dressing.
Try these recipes:
Garden Vegetable DipHealthy Living
Pecan-Encrusted Pork with Peaches

Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosemary's silver-green, needle-shaped leaves are highly aromatic and their flavor is one of both lemon and pine. Use for poultry, lamb, veal, pork, and tomato dishes, stews, soups, and vegetables. Also good finely chopped in breads and custards.
Try these recipes:
Herb-Roasted Lamb
Roasted Garlic-White Bean SpreadHealthy Living

Sage

Sage

This slightly bitter and musty-mint tasting herb has narrow, oval, and gray-green leaves. Use in chicken and turkey stuffing and to flavor sausages.
Try these recipes:
Sirloin Steak with Red Onion Relish

Dill

Dill

This tangy and pungent flavored herb is known for its feathery green leaves. Use to flavor fish and rice, sprinkle over potatoes and cucumbers and add to sauces and dips.
Try these recipes:
Dill Potato Salad
Veggie Pizza Appetizer

Chives

Chives

This mild onion flavor herb has slender, vivid green, and hollow stem. Use as topping for baked potatoes, fish & poultry, and vegetables. It can be used as a substitute for green onions or as a garnish. It is also great in soups and sauces.
Try these recipes:
Herb DipHealthy Living
Hearty Golden Chowder

Thyme

Thyme

This herb has pungent minty, light-lemon scent. Use in stews, soups, casseroles, meatloaf, stuffing, marinades, and vegetables.
Try these recipes:
Caribbean Jerk Chicken BreastsHealthy Living

Mint

Mint

This aromatic herb has a sweet smell and a cool aftertaste. Use to make teas, beverages, and desserts. It can also be used as a garnish. It is also popular in Indian cuisine.
Try these recipes:
Lebanese Lentils & Red Peppers
Savory Gorgonzola Spread

fresh Herb Guide
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