'Tis the Season for Fresh Herbs

Whether you buy them from the store or grow them at home, fresh herbs are a healthy way to spice up your food! Use herbs instead of salt to get a tasty flavor.  There are many herbs to choose from.  Below are a few tips to remember when you use fresh herbs this season!

  • Always wash herb leaves before adding them to food.  Pat dry with a paper towel or napkin.
  • Chop herbs into small pieces.  The more cutting you do, the more flavor you'll taste!
  • For foods that take a long time to cook, add herbs toward the end of the cook time.  This will keep the flavor from cooking out.  **This tip is good to remember for homemade sauces and soups.
Looking to try something new?  These herbs come highly recommended.  Remember, fresh herbs do not last very long, so have a plan before you pick!

HerbFlavorStorageHow to Use It
Basil             Sweet             Room Temperature     
  • Top a pizza with basil leaves
  • Mix into your homemade tomato sauce
  • Layer sliced tomato, sliced mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves for a fresh and tasty Caprese salad!
  • Visit here to find more recipes that use basil!
MintFresh and Cool Refrigerate for about a week
  • Add to hot or iced tea for refreshing drink
  • Pair with watermelon and cantaloupe for a Summer Slushie
DillSoft and SweetRefrigerate
  • Add to fish, chicken, vegetables, and salad for great flavor
  • Visit here to find recipes that use dill!
CilantroRefreshingRefrigerate up to 2 weeks
  • Add to your favorite salsa and guacamole
  • Top a fruit salad for an added twist of flavor
  • Visit here to find more recipes that use cilantro

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