Fresh Herbs

By Caitlin Porter, Seacoast Eat Local Intern

Herbs are in abundance right now! Fresh herbs can be used in a variety of ways and there are so many different types available at the markets. They can be easily overlooked, but make a great addition to all different types of food.

Herbs that are in season right now and some ways to use them include:

Basil

  • Tomato, mozzarella, and basil is one of my favorite combinations. Luckily tomatoes and basil are both in season right now, making this combo extra flavorful!

  • Basil can be used for making homemade pesto and sauces for poultry and seafood.

  • Bug bites! I recently found out that if you rub a basil leaf on a mosquito bite it would take away the itch. As someone who cannot leave bug bites alone, I tried it and I can confirm that it works!

basil

 

 

Parsley

  • Parsley is very versatile and can be used in a wide variety of dishes

  • It pairs very well with all types of meat and protein, as well as a great addition to broth

  • It is high in vitamins, making it a healthy addition to cold salads

  • Parsley can be used to make homemade tabbouleh

parsley

 

Marjoram

  • Marjoram is very sensitive to heat and should be added towards the end of cooking

  • It makes a great addition to roast chicken

  • All sorts of meat and salads can be spiced up with marjoram

marjoram

 

 

Peppermint

  • Peppermint can be steeped into a homemade tea

  • It makes a great, flavorful addition to smoothies

  • Add it to your glass of water!

  • Add it to salads for a fresh twist. It is especially good paired with watermelon! Check out this recipe

peppermint

 

There are many more uses for all of these herbs, as well as additional herbs that weren’t mentioned. Check out your local market to see what is available!

Sources:

Uses for basil

Plethora of parsley

Use marjoram

Uses for mint

Image sources:

Marjoram

Mint

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