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A herb garden is a handy hub in the kitchen to snip fragrant leaves and flavourful stems to cook with or use as garnishes. If you don’t have one, now is the time!
Keep your kitchen supplied with our top 6 fresh indoor herbs you can grow all year round to flavour your favourite soups, veggies, roasts, and more. As a starting point, you can take your cooking to the next level by shopping for these assorted herbs from our Home - Indoor Plants Collection.
This onion-flavoured herb can be grown anywhere and thrive in containers that get full sun. Harvest them at the base, no more than one-third of the bunch at a time. Use scissors to snip off individual leaves or leave at least 2 inches of growth so that plants can resprout. They’re a versatile ingredient that can be minced or sprinkled to add a mild kick to your eggs, soups, baked potatoes, and salads. Even the purple flowers are edible and make pretty garnishes.
You can grow this hardy, drought-tolerant herb indoors by starting with a tip that has been cut from another oregano plant. Place it in a pot with moist soil under strong direct sunlight to produce its small flowers and foliage. Lightly water the plant only once the soil feels dry to the touch, as it doesn’t need as much as other herbs. Oregano is a part of the mint family and is used in most Italian or Mexican cuisines. Be aware that dried oregano leaves are more pungent than fresh ones.
A bunch of parsley is one of the easiest and popular herbs to grow indoors with regular water and full sun. You’ll be able to grow a pot of parsley with partial sun too, albeit slowly as it prefers direct sunlight. If you choose to start parsley from seed, soak it in warm water to crack the seed coat before sowing it and grow in a deep pot with a rich potting mix and provide strong light. Its dark green foliage is seen in two styles: One is curly-leafed and the other, Italian, is flat-leafed and thought to be slightly more flavourful. Choose the flat-leaf variety for cooking and the curly kind for pretty garnishes to a variety of dishes.
Grow some of this scented herb in your kitchen, and you’ll also have a natural freshener. Plant these needled leaves in a moist, soilless mix to produce small, fragrant leaves and clusters of blossoms in varying shades throughout the year. Rosemary thrives with moderate watering and exposure to full sun but prefers cooler temperatures in the winter if the light is strong. Snip the sprigs and toss them for seasoning or strip the leaves and mince as garnish.
Nip a small bit from an outdoor sage plant and start your indoor herb garden. Once placed in a container, it needs ample sunlight and occasional watering when the soil dries out, as it is a relatively drought-tolerant plant. You'll be rewarded with gorgeous flavourful foliage and fragrance in the kitchen to add your homegrown sage to poultry dishes and traditional holiday recipes like Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing.
Dig up and repot a soft cut tip of thyme in moist, fast-draining soil mix under the full sun and water when the surface of the soil is dry; as those are the conditions, they thrive in. Thyme requires occasional trimming to maintain shape and size hence its suggested to harvest the sprigs as needed. Its fragrant green-grey tiny leaves and trailing stems are a versatile flavour used as a seasoning or key ingredient in nearly every cuisine.