Aromatic plants

Herbs in the kitchen

There are many aromatic herbs in the kitchen

When fresh, aromatic herbs spread pleasant aromas. Who is forced for health reasons to eat with little salt and few condiments, can give expressiveness to the dishes, using aromatic herbs in the kitchen. The list of aromatic herbs is rich and the most used are: rosemary, parsley, basil, oregano, sage. In order not to miss aromatic herbs at home, many people prefer to keep them in pots and put them outside the balcony, while those who have a garden reserve a corner for their cultivation. Rosemary for example, being an upright plant, is often used as an ornamental edible shrub. Sage, on the other hand, can be planted in a flower bed to combine aesthetic value with practical culinary use.

How to grow aromatic herbs

Aromatic herbs can be grown in pots or in the garden. For parsley and basil, the seeds are used and spread evenly on a well-fertilized carpet of earth. The seeds are then covered with soil and watered. Rosemary, oregano and sage are sold directly in the pot and must be transplanted. A hole is dug in the ground to contain the earthen bread where the seedling is kept, all empty spaces are covered with soil, proceed with watering. Most of the aromatic plants are perennial, and available all year round, with the exception of basil which is a typical plant of the summer season. Plants grown in pots do not tolerate stagnation of water. At the time of repotting, draining material must be placed on the bottom of the container.

Where to grow aromatic herbs

A place of honor is reserved for aromatic plants in the kitchen. Without their presence the dishes would have no flavor and would be bland. In order to cultivate aromatic plants, you need to know them and know where the best place to place them is. Rosemary prefers sunny areas. It is an evergreen plant, its leaves and twigs are available all year round. Oregano lives in the Mediterranean regions, it prefers sunny hills and rocky mountains. Sage needs regular watering, suffers from drought, favors cool places. It is a perennial plant. Basil is a seasonal plant, it prefers cool places, and regular watering. Parsley is a plant that fears low temperatures, grows in temperate areas and is a biennial plant.

Aromatic herbs in the kitchen: Aromatic herbs in herbal medicine

Aromatic herbs in cooking are indispensable, but their healing properties are extraordinary. Basil, for example, if eaten raw, invigorates and facilitates digestion. Rosemary revitalizes, tones, rejuvenates and de-flames. The water of the Queen of Hungary is prepared with rosemary, very effective for frictions and massages in case of joint inflammation. A poultice of fresh parsley leaves applied to the skin bites insects, calms pain and reduces inflammation. Sage takes care of the female genital system, counteracts gynecological diseases, calms and regulates the menstrual cycle. Oregano is digestive and antirheumatic. It treats digestive disorders and respiratory ailments. Externally, with poultices it treats muscle pain, stiff neck and lumbago.

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