Growing your own herbs in an Italian herb garden gives a huge quantity of probabilities. Some of the most renowned and tastiest herbs in the world come from Italy. Some of the best cuisines come from Italy and are famous in part for their herbs.
Basil is a well know Italian herb and useful in many Italian recipes. Basil will not just add flavor to several Italian cuisines, it is useful in the garden to other plants. Growing basil next to your peppers and tomatoes will actually improve their flavor. Plus, basil will also repel flies and mosquitoes.
Parsley is a comparatively hard herb plant to grow but it is useful in not only Italian dishes but many other sorts of cuisines. Many generations back before there were breath mints it was discovered that eating fresh, raw parsley after a meal exterminated the dragon breath left over from enjoying a flavorful cuisine. The convention arose to serve parsley on a tiny dish after the meal. The convention lives today by using parsley as a garnish on a selection of meals.
Oregano is as decorative as it is flavorful. When it is totally mature it will sprout pretty little purple flowers. Oregano shouldn’t be harvested until it has flowered because this is when the plant is most flavorful.
Fennel is feted for its seeds that grace and enhance the flavors of Italian sausage. The interesting thing about fennel is that the plant loses its flavor as it matures. It is an evergreen plant that should be divided and replanted every year or so to savor its flavor.
Like basil, rosemary is an Italian herb that is valuable to the garden. It grows into an enormous shrub that spouts pretty small blue flowers. It helps the garden by enticing bees. Though it’s a hard evergreen, it is receptive to frost.
Likely the most used herb in Italian cuisines is garlic. No Italian herb garden would be complete without this handy herb. Garlic cloves can be planted and will flourish in almost any garden with very little attention. They can be stored to be used at later after they’re harvested by freezing them or pickling them to store in the fridge.
Sage is used in a selection of Italian dishes from meat to salads. New shoots of the plant contain the most flavor so it is counseled not to let sage plants to get too woody by keeping them trim. New shoots will be urged to grow. Sage can be harvested after it blooms.
Though there are so many more herbs that can be included in an Italian herb garden, you actually should consider which herbs you will use. Consider the growth conditions each plant wants and consider whether or not you can provide them. Yes, Italian herbs add flavor to food but they should additionally be looked at as more than that. They also make superb additions to landscape designs. They can be displayed for color and their aroma. By planting Italian herbs amongst other plants, you will be graced with the sweet smells direct from Italy. It’ll be like taking a wander on an Italian hillside.
Joseph Robertson is an avid fan of growing your own indoor herb garden. Check out the blog for more cool tips on growing your own indoor herb garden.