If you haven’t been one to experiment with fresh herbs in your cooking, now’s the perfect time to give them a try. Come springtime, you’re likely to see them in the produce section of your local supermarket or maybe even in your own garden. You can add these delicious, fragrant flavor enhancers to virtually any dish you whip up at home.
If you can’t find some of the fresh herbs mentioned here, no worries! You can still use dried herbs in their place — just keep in mind that you need much less of the dried version. A good rule of thumb is to substitute 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for 1 tablespoon of fresh.
Adding flavor isn’t the only reason to use fresh herbs: They are also good for you! Brimming with vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients, these little beauties pack a nutritional punch — at very few calories, and with virtually zero sodium. What’s more, research suggests they may offer a host of health benefits, from fighting inflammation to lowering your blood pressure, and many more in between.
Read on for some of our favorite herbs, including ways to incorporate them in your cooking and potential health benefits they may offer you and your family.