Herbs are an important ingredient in every kitchen. Just a hint of fresh herbs in any meal gives a totally new flavor and aroma; also transforms every meal into a different one. There are some herbs that go very well with different types of meat and ingredients. For example, chicken goes very well with oregano, marjoram, tarragon; beef goes very well with coriander, celery, rosemary, and garlic; fish goes well with fennel and thyme; and turkey with basil, rosemary, and cumin. Here are our top choices for herbs to use in your kitchen daily.
Basil (Ocimum Basilicum) cultivates for more than 5,000 years. There are many varieties of this herb, more than 150 types and hybrids with the most popular being the Thai basil, the African Blue basil, Genovese basil, Cinnamon basil, Lemon basil etc. Basil is a highly fragrant plant that uses for seasoning in many types of dishes. The main recipe that basil is used for and gained a lot of its popularity for is the pesto sauce, a mixture of basil, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and pine nuts. Basil has a lot of health benefits like fighting with bacteria, lowering your stress(because it lowers cortisol) and cutting cholesterol. It goes very well with chicken, pasta and as an add on to some cocktails.
Rosemary(Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody fragrant herb with needle-like leaves. Also, it is native to the Mediterranean region. Rosemary has a lot of health benefits like increasing circulation in the body, improving digestion and building concentration and a good memory. In addition, it is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals like calcium, magnesium and vitamin B-6. This herb is mostly used in dishes with chicken and lamb but can be also used to make a flavored olive oil, beef, roasted veggies and baked potatoes.
Mint(Mentha) is extremely fragrant herb with more than hundred different varieties of which the most popular are the peppermint and spearmint. Moreover, it is mostly known to be used in gyms and chocolates, but it has also it place in the kitchen because of it distinctive aroma Ana health benefits. It improves digestion, fights allergies and helps with different types of skin conditions. Mint is full of potent antioxidants and a lot of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, and potassium. Mint usually uses in drinks and cocktails and iced tea, but it can also be a great add to a fresh salad, red meat and different kinds of sauces.
Oregano(Origanum vulgare) is a herb with a balsamic, and aromatic flavor that has been used in cooking and medicine for more than 5,000 years. Beside oregano uses in cooking it is also uses widely in medicine. Oregano oil is best known for its anti-bacterial properties, intestinal parasites, and fighting fatigue. Also, this herb contains a lot of fiber, iron, manganese and calcium and vitamin E. Oregano is mainly used in Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine and goes very well with egg dishes, Greek dishes, lamb, and chicken.
Thyme(Thymus) is an evergreen herb with many different varieties, both cultivates and also wild. The most popular are the lemon thyme and wild thyme. Thyme has a lot of anti-fungal and antiseptic characteristics. Additionally, it contains vitamin B-6, and small amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C, manganese and potassium. Thyme is mostly used in the Italian kitchen. Add it into recipes with roast chicken and steak, soups and sauces, roasted potatoes and fish.