The Most Essential Herbs

herbs-888734_640

Herbs, what are they and why should you use them? This may seem like a simple question to those of you that are into cooking and supporting your bodies in a natural way. But, there are many people who can’t tell basil from parsley, parsley from cilantro, and oregano from rosemary.

If you ever asked these questions:

  1. what are the most common herbs should I have in my kitchen?
  2. how do I use them?
  3. what do they look like?
  4. what do they taste like?
  5. how do they help my health?

Then this series is for you.

Over the next several weeks I’ll be doing a series on the most common herbs you should have handy in your kitchen. What they are, what they look like, what they taste like, what foods to pair them with, and how they can assist you in living a healthier life style.

Herbs are Tasty

If you like flavor in your food (and let’s face it, who doesn’t) then you’re going to want to keep a good supply of fresh herbs in your kitchen arsenal. Though they are small in size these babies can add a powerful punch or subtle nuance that makes many dishes come to life.

Herbs are Super Nutritious

Like most leafy green plants, herbs are very nutritious. In fact, pound for pound or actually in the case of herbs, ounce for ounce, fresh herbs are among the most nutritious for the greens you can find. For example, for the same amount of raw parsley as lettuce you would get:

  •  3 times the vitamin A
  • 4 times the calcium
  • 17 times the vitamin K
  • 44 times the vitamin C

I don’t really know that anybody wants to sit and eat the same amount of parsley as they do lettuce, but it just shows you that there is considerably more nutrients there.

The Top 10

In this series we’ll cover that top 10 herbs I think you should have on hand. This is just a small amount of the possibilities when it comes to venturing into the world of herbs and herbary. Here’s the list we will cover:

  1. Basil
  2. Chives
  3. Cilantro
  4. Oregano
  5. Lemon Balm
  6. Lavender
  7. Parsley
  8. Peppermint
  9. Rosemary
  10. Sage