Spring’s Favourite Flavours
These are the herbs and spices that you need to keep in your kitchen year round.
Every home should contain certain herbs and spices in the kitchen at all times of the year. They are your closest allies during cooking, and you do not want to be caught without them. But, spring is a little different. As you read this, there are new and exciting herbs sprouting out of the ground, offering a world of flavour for you to explore! Read on to learn about a few of them.
A mild onion-flavoured, international favourite, chives are known for the delicious edible flowers they produce in spring and early summer. They’re not found in every kitchen, but such a delight to use when nobody is expecting it. And go wonderfully with almost any savoury dish, like this Creamy Pasta with Smoked Chicken and Chives.
This fast-growing culinary treat is the perfect spring and summer herb. Of Asian heritage, it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow from a seed and a delicious addition to family-sized stir fries. Try it out in this incredible Easy Bake Chicken with Yogurt and Coriander to give your kids a taste of something new and incorporate it into a few meals of your own to really see what it can offer your food.
Mint is an incredibly delicious herb, but you must be careful with how you use it. If you’re too liberal with the amount you add to your recipe it’s going to completely overpower whatever you are cooking, and nobody wants that. Try it in this enchanting Summer Watermelon, Mint and Feta Salad and you’re sure to love every bit of it.
Tarragon leaves have a soft and seductive anise flavour that is normally a bit sweeter earlier in the spring. Early in the season use the entire sprig when you cook with it, but in summer let the leaves stew in meals like this Beef Stew with Herb Dumplings to truly enjoy its flavour. Before you add it to anything, munch on a leaf or two to understand exactly what kind of flavour it carries.