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Flavorful Gatherings: Herbs for your Holiday Dinners

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Just because the weather outside is frightful doesn’t mean you have to give up on your green thumb. Many herbs do well indoors as long as they are given enough light. A bright kitchen window or sunny southern exposure will work just fine. Keep them lightly watered and trim often for vigorous growth.

Rosemary

Nothing says Christmas like that woodsy, piney, Christmas tree scent, and the herb Rosemary is an excellent substitute! From trailing forms to upright shrubs that can actually be pruned into a cone, like a fir or spruce, Rosemary has the look and smell we so love! Perfectly hardy and happy outdoors, it is still nice to bring one in for the holidays!

Thyme

Thyme is a low-growing savory herb from the Mediterranean, and they can benefit from being grown in a container indoors, especially during our wet winters. For an extra dash of class, try silver thyme, or gold-variegated lemon thyme, which is savory but also sweet and fruity!

Sage
Sage is a classic kitchen herb, but it goes dormant if left out in winter. Those who desire sage for winter cooking will probably have to grow it indoors. Variegated forms offer beautiful colors on their leaves, with the same wonderful flavor.

Parsley
Parsley is a culinary favorite for all seasons, and it can be grown outdoors, or indoors in a sunny window in winter. Most food dishes are prepared with Italian flat parsley, but growing curly parsley can impart the same flavors while giving extra pizzazz, both on the windowsill and as a garnish for your favorite dishes.

 

When applying fresh herbs to your recipes a good rule of thumb is 3/1. If your recipe calls for 1 tsp of dried thyme use 3 tsp of fresh.