Finding the thyme for herbs in your kitchen

Choosing to grow herbs in your kitchen to use in your cooking can be a fantastic way of improving the array of fresh ingredients at your disposal, as well as brightening up the room.

It also saves you from having to venture outside to the garden in the cold and dark to take cuttings when you’re cooking. Although not every herb is destined to flourish indoors, here are our ideas for some aromatic additions to your kitchen.

Basil

An essential for Italian cooking, basil plants can be bought from pretty much any supermarket these days. They will flourish particularly well in a south-facing window where there is plenty of warmth and sunlight. Spicy Globe is an especially compact species of basil, making it ideal for growing indoors where space may be more limited.

Chives

An underrated herb with a distinctive onion flavour, chives can grow excellently indoors and are perfect for adding to salads. These can often be found growing in many gardens, and a cutting from an outside plant should fare just as well in a bright window inside. If you are buying a new plant especially for growing indoors, Grolau chives thrive particularly well on windowsills.

Mint

Fresh mint adds a delicious fragrance to boiled vegetables like potatoes and peas, and can be used to make a scented tea as well. Both peppermint and spearmint will grow well indoors, and English mint is a particularly well behaved variety that will flourish almost anywhere. If anything, mint tends to grow almost too well indoors, so be sure to pot it up separately from any other herbs that you are cultivating to stop them from being invaded.

Rosemary

A woody, fragrant herb that is essential for making tasty roast lamb dishes, rosemary enjoys drier conditions, so does not need to be watered every day when growing indoors. Rosemary comes in trailing forms, as well as upright ones, so be sure to choose a vertical variety, such as Taylor’s Blue, which will take up less room on your windowsill.

Oregano

If you make fresh pizza or pasta without fresh oregano, you are missing out on one of the great flavours of Italian cooking. Oregano will grow well near a south-facing window with plenty of sunlight, and will yield leaves for up to two years. When the plant starts to become woody, take a cutting from it and pot that up instead to make sure that you are getting the best leaves and flavour all the time.

Posted by Peter
February 12, 2015
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