Using Your Garden Herbs

Photo provided by D. McAbee

Photo provided by D. McAbee

If you have planted an herb garden, you know that there is nothing better than cooking with your fresh herbs. But do you know which herbs go with which foods for the best results? Here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your herb garden.

Asparagus– lemon balm, oregano, savory, lemon verbena, parsley, tarragon, lovage.

• Beans– basil, marjoram, oregano, savory, spearmint, thyme, bay, coriander, dill, fennel, garlic, mint, rosemary, tarragon, lovage.

• Beets– basil, savory, thyme, bay, caraway, dill, sage, tarragon.

• Broccoli– basil, rosemary, lovage.

• Cabbage– marjoram, mint, savory, caraway, dill, fennel, oregano, lovage, borage.

• Carrots– lovage, applemint, basil, marjoram, mint, orangemint, oregano, thyme, tarragon, anise, bay, caraway.

• Cauliflower– marjoram, savory, rosemary, lovage, dill.

• Eggplant– basil, lovage, marjoram, mint, oregano, sage, thyme, chervil, chives, fennel, garlic.

• Peas– applemint, basil, orangemint, rosemary, sage, savory, spearmint, tarragon, thyme, parsley, lovage, fennel, dill.

• Potatoes– basil, marjoram, mint, rosemary, savory, spearmint, thyme, bay, caraway, fennel, garlic, parsley.

• Spinach– lovage, sorrel, basil, mint, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, sage, marjoram, chervil, borage.

• Tomatoes– basil, marjoram, oregano, sage, thyme, fennel, dill, chervil.

• Beef– basil, lemon thyme, marjoram, mint, rosemary, savory, thyme, anise, borage, dill, fennel, garlic, lovage, parsley, tarragon.

• Chicken– lemon balm, basil, lemon thyme, rosemary, spearmint, thyme, tarragon, savory, sage, oregano, lovage, marjoram, garlic, fennel, coriander, chives, chervil.

• Eggs– lemon balm, basil, marjoram, sage, savory, thyme, tarragon, fennel, dill, bay, parsley, chervil, chives.

• Fish-lemon balm, lemon verbena, basil, clary, hyssop, lemon thyme, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme, bay, caraway, chervil, chives, dill, fennel, garlic, tarragon.

• Goose– clary, marjoram, sage, thyme, rosemary, tarragon, parsley, chervil, garlic.

• Lamb– lemon balm, basil, lavender, marjoram, mint, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme, chervil, dill, fennel, garlic.

• Pork– lemon balm, basil, clary, marjoram, pennyroyal, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme, chives, fennel, anise.

• Rabbit– basil, lemon thyme, rosemary, sage, thyme.

• Turkey– basil, lavender, lemon thyme, sage, thyme, tarragon, savory, oregano, lovage, garlic, fennel, bay, chervil, chives.

Be sure to use your herbs sparingly, and do not use all of the herbs listed at once. Be creative and enjoy your culinary creations. You are sure to make some divine dishes in the kitchen that are pleasing to even the most discerning palette. What are some of your favorite herb combinations that you have used in your favorite dishes?

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