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Grilling with Herbs

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Starting an herb garden can be a new and fun experience for anyone, whether you live on a large piece of land, or you have a small porch or patio at your apartment.

You can grow herbs in the ground, in containers, in hanging baskets, or sometimes even indoors!  You can use your fresh herbs for salsas, salads, marinades, or dry them and save them for seasoning a stir fry, or for a baked or grilled dish.

But with grilling season upon us, here are a few of the best herbs you can grow to use on the grill.

Rosemary is probably the easiest herb to grow.  It is drought and heat tolerant, and the leaves and stems of the plant offer up a desirable aroma and flavor.  The herb pairs well with almost any meat or vegetable.  Use it to season any red meat, chicken, fish, or veggies such as zucchini, potatoes, tomatoes or carrots.  Using it directly on meat or produce offers a flavorful addition, or add it into foil packets on the grill.

Oregano is another very easy herb to grow.  Its light, herbaceous texture allows it to grow and spread very quickly.  Its flavor pairs well with marinades for the grill that include lemon and or pepper, salad dressings and when used to season vegetables for grilling.  Similar to rosemary, its flavor is appreciated in a dried or fresh form.

Cilantro can be used by itself as a garnish to a dish, or it can be mixed with other fruits and vegetables in a fresh salsa.  And for something different, add a sprig of cilantro to your freshly squeezed lemonade.  In our southern climate, cilantro is often considered a “cool-season” herb, so if you attempt to grow it through the summer heat, make sure that it has some shade to protect it from the intense summer sun.

In addition to these herbs, you can also grow and use sage, thyme, basil, lemongrass, parsley, mint and much more.  Use them in the fresh or dried form to add flavor and fragrance to any of your summer-time dishes and drinks.

Now Get Grilling!