Great herbs out there that can preserve your general wellbeing
impossible to make a meal – regardless of how simple it is – extraordinary
without adding some green, fresh herbs. Some of the most aromatic, flavored,
and healthy can be easily grown in your kitchen. Others, are easy to find in
stores. Full of flavor and packed with health benefits, herbs are delightful
when preparing meals. Successful cooking is all about seasoning the food; if
you do it right, you can make even the most trivial dish taste unbelievable.
Here are 5 of the most important culinary herbs you might want to add to your
cooking to help you stay healthy and energized.
sweet flavor, basil is a hero herb used in many dishes across international
cuisines. Its aroma is enticing, and the fresher the leaves the healthier and
aromatic the dishes. Basil has a special flagrance many people adore. There are
several types you can use in your meal preparation: lemon basil, sweet basil,
holy and thai basil (which has a mint-like flavor). As for the health benefits
this herb provides, we should mention that it is packed with antioxidants,
might help control blood pressure, and ensures that the right amount of oxygen
is carried to the blood cells. Use it to make pesto sauce, add it to your
margarita pizza, or sprinkle it on your tomato soup to reap all the health
Parsley is yet
another excellent herb that gets it name from the Greeks. Used for garnishing
dishes rather than flavor, parsley has a dark green color and a stubby stems.
It is best served fresh; sprinkled over a dish with a few minutes prior to
serving. Thanks to its aroma, parley compels the taste buds and gives a fresh scent
to lots of dishes, including buttered potatoes, grilled lemon trout, pesto
sauce, steak, and steamed vegetables. There are two main types of parsley:
curly (which has a slightly more bitter taste, and is commonly used in salads
and soups), and Italian (which is very commonly used fresh over all kinds of
Mediterranean dishes). In terms of health benefits, parsley is an excellent
mouth freshener; it helps balance digestion, it has lots of vitamins C and A,
and it might even improve irregular menstrual cycles.
Thyme is a type
of herb that releases a pungent, strong flavor extremely slowly. This makes it
ideal in a myriad of Italian and Mediterranean recipes. Thyme can be used when
sautéing or stewing a dish, but it can also be added to soups, eggs and salads.
What’s great about this herb is that it comes in over 60 different varieties.
Three are the most common – Garden thyme, lemon and orange thyme. The herb has
potent antiseptic properties, and it may help treat dry coughs and throat
infections when consumed with tea. It is also an excellent source of fiber.
Most common dishes that can be cooked with thyme are grilled chicken breast,
roast salmon with spices, and grilled potatoes.
Rosemary is a
woody, firm type of herb with needle like leaves and a bittersweet/lemony
taste. Popular across dishes that are stuffed but also in dressing, rosemary is
used when cooking lamb meat, fruit salads, and veggie platters. The soothing
aroma of rosemary is an excellent mood elevator; it is also an all-natural
remedy against migraines and it also has antioxidant properties that help build
immunity and fight infections.
Mint is one of
the world’s most famous herbs. Commonly used fresh, mint has lots of health
benefits. It can also be stored dry in a kitchen cabinet for months without
losing its properties. The core ingredient is menthol, which has a specific
flavor and aroma. The leaves give various dishes a unique flavor. Many courses,
appetizers, cocktails and desserts use mint as their star ingredient. Add fresh
leaves to your lemonade, soup, tea, or cocktail and reap all the benefits this
herb has. Mint is known to cure all kinds of stomach aches; it eliminates
toxins and diminishes irregular bowl syndrome.
There are lots of
great herbs out there that can preserve your genera wellbeing. From fresh basil to thyme, mint, and even
clover tablets, chooses
the ones that best match with your tastes.
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