An edible herb garden, or culinary herb garden, is made up of herbs that are used mostly for adding flavor to your cooking and salads, or for making teas. The edible herb garden is by far the most popular type of herb garden for the home gardener.
When choosing herbs for your culinary herb garden, be careful to check the flavor of the herbs before purchasing the plants. There are many varieties of different herbs and some have stronger flavors than others. To be sure you are getting the flavor you desire, pinch off a leaf and taste it.
It is best to keep a culinary herb garden in close range of your kitchen, just outside your back door for example, or even in a few pots on the kitchen windowsill. In either case, the closer, the better, because no one wants to have to go clear across the yard to get a few fresh herbs while in the middle of preparing a favorite dish.
Choosing Edible Herbs
Your own perfect edible herb garden will consist of all the different herbs that you use in your family’s cooking every day. Different cultures and different types of cuisine use different herbs. By choosing to grow the herbs you use most often, you will save yourself a lot of money and a lot of time by not having to run out to the grocery store every time your recipe requires the use of fresh herbs.
If your family enjoys eating Italian foods, you might choose to get your Italian herb garden started with:
For French cuisine you might choose to grow French herbs:
For Asian dishes you may want to grow Asian herb garden plants like:
- Cilantro, also known as coriander
Herbs used in Mexican cooking would include herbs such as:
- Sweet basil
- Laurel (bay)
- Lemon verbena
Popular edible herbs that can be used for making tea gardens are:
Other popular herbs for the culinary herb garden might include: