My love affair with Fresh Herbs

Spring is finally here and it’s a perfect time to plant some fresh herbs. I love using fresh herbs, it’s a great way to flavor your food and drinks without adding unnecessary, extra calories. 

Have you ever heard of a gremolata? It’s a mixture of lemon zest, garlic and chopped parsley. A sprinkle of gremolata takes an ordinary dish from good to great. Try it next time on top of your vegetables, chicken or pasta.

Parsley is a good source of folic acid, one of the most important B vitamins as well as vitamin A and vitamin C.

Mint is another go to favorite. Mint is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion.

Mint leaves are packed with nutrients such as calcium, phosphorous, vitamin C, D, E and small amounts of vitamin B complex. It’s a great immune booster. I use mint on everything. I add it to chopped salads, fruit salad, in iced tea, water and my favorite is adding it to a chocolate smoothie. 

Of course oregano, basil and thyme are your go to herbs for Italian cooking. They make a great paste with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Try it next time you cook fish or chicken. Basil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium. Oregano is rich in vitamin K, iron and fiber. Thyme is rich in vitamin C, iron and manganese.

Spring is in the air and love is in Bloom, why not plant some seeds or small plants and before you know it, you will have a garden full of blooming herbs!