09 Mar '12, 10am

How to… grow and use herbs

How to… grow and use herbs

Herbs can make all the difference to food, and it is not overstating the case to say that they define it; cuisines are characterised as much by the herbs and spices they use as by the staple ingredients of the region. Herbs add flavour, zest and piquancy to food, and they are endlessly versatile. They can be used to make teas, which are much better for you than ordinary tea or coffee, or used to flavour cold drinks. They can be added to salads, where you will experience their flavours at their freshest and most vibrant, and gain maximum benefit from their nutritional properties, which are diminished by cooking. You can add them to salad dressings, mayonnaise, mustard, butter, marinades or sauces, or use them to flavour oils and vinegars. And, of course, you can add them to every sort of cooked dish; it is difficult to think of a recipe that could not be enhanced by the add...

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