Herbs are plants used for food and medicine. The beauty of herbs is that they can be grown in small spaces in the home or in the garden. Cooking herbs green leafy part of plant (fresh or dried). Seeds, fruit, bark, roots and bark are usually dried. Most herbs do not provide the substance of a meal but are used for aroma and flavoring. Herbs have nutritional value as well. Fresh herbs like basil, parsley, rosemary and oregano are loaded with nutrition. 10 delicious herbs and spices with powerful health benefits. Grow your own herbs in your kitchen, patio or garden. 

arugulaArugula: An herb and not a vegetable. Contrary to most herbs arugula is used as a substitute for lettuce in many salads. Grows annually has elongated and lobular leaves. Flavor is slight peppery and sweet.

 

Bay: Dried bay leaves used in stews and soups as flavoring.

 

Basil: Basil can be fresh or dried. Fresh chopped basil accents side dishes (salsa) and main dishes.

 

cayenne pepperCayenne Pepper: From fruited capsicum. Dark red color used as spiced pepper for vegetables, meats, soup, stew and salads.

Chili Pepper: Dark red in color. Hot flavoring for foods contains antioxidants.  Used in soups, stews and vegetables.

 

Chives: Used in salads, soups, stews and appetizers. Have mild onion taste.

 

how to grow cilantroCilantro: Herb used in Asia, Caribbean and South America.   Used for flavoring in side dishes or main dishes. How to grow cilantro.

 

Cinnamon: Dried herb used in baking and desserts. Also great topping ice cream shakes and eggnog.

 

dill plantDill: Dill seeds accent meat, poultry, fish and salads. Meat, cucumbers and cabbage can be dilled.

 

Garlic: Herb member of onion family. Used for centuries for food and medicinal purposes.

 

mint plantMint: Green leave herb. Herb used in desserts, shakes, drinks and baking. The benefits of mint. 

 

Parsley: Popular herb that can be used in variety of ways.  Used in salads, sandwiches, soup and gravy.

peppermint herbPeppermint: Can be used fresh or dried. Used in candies and toothpaste. Dried use as spice for drinks, desserts or as a tea. Peppermint has medicinal properties. Invasive plant and grows easily. As a companion plant grown around roses help keep aphids from roses. Health benefit of peppermint. 

Sage: Can be used fresh or dried in poultry, soup, stews and vegetables.

Spearmint: Popular herb used in toothpaste and mouth wash. Use fresh or dried as food spice or teas. Centuries used for food and medicinal uses. Small herb grows from mid summer to mid fall can reach heights of 13" to 18" and produces small blooms. Does well in cooler temperatures and needs approximately 6 hours of direct light per day. Spearmint has a milder flavor than peppermint.

 

 

Grilled Peach, Strawberry, Walnut Arugula Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  •  3 cups fresh Arugula
  •  1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  •  3/4 cup slice peaches (peaches cut in 1/8)
  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts soaked
  •  2 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
  •  1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Preparation:

  •  Wash arugula and strawberries and set aside to dry.
  •  Cut strawberries in quarter or halves
  •  Slice walnuts in halves
  • Sauté sliced fresh peaches. Sauté in virgin coconut oil until tended and set aside
  • Mix arugula, strawberries, walnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Top salad with sautéed (grilled peaches) and add balsamic dressing of choice.

Paleo Balsamic Dressing Recipe: In a small bowl combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey. Combine dressing ingredients to taste. Orthodox Paleo diet does not allow honey.  

Serves 4