Growing your own herbs in an Italian herb garden provides a vast amount of possibilities. Among many of Italy’s fine resources, they produce some of the most famous and tastiest herbs in the entire world. Few of the best cuisines originates from Italy and also well renowned in part for their herbs.
Basil is a popular herb used by Italians and useful in many recipes that Italians have. Basil’s many uses are not only limited to adding flavor to many Italian cuisines, it is also useful in the garden to other plants. Planting and cultivating basil besides your tomatoes and peppers actually will increase their distinctively good flavor. Also, basil will retract mosquitoes and flies.
A relatively hard herb plant to grow is parsley, although it is handy not only in Italian dishes but many other kinds of cuisines as well. In past centuries people did not have breath mints although they found that eating parsley fresh and raw, after a meal eliminated the foul breath left over from enjoying a flavorful cuisine. Thus, the tradition of serving parsley on a small dish after a flavorful meal. This tradition is still alive today in many restaurants and in traditional European homes as well.
Another herb decorative as it is flavorful is oregano. When they mature fully it will start growing beautiful flowers purple in color. Oregano is most flavorful when it has its flowers therefore it is not wise to harvest them before they sprout their purple flowers.
Fennel is well known for its seeds that grace and enhance the zest and flavor of Italian sausage. The fascinating feature about fennel is that this plant looses hold of its flavor as the plant attains full growth. To savor its flavor, a perennial plant should be divided and replanted every few years.
Like basil, rosemary is an herb from Italy that is very helpful to the garden. When it grows, it does into a big shrub that spouts beautiful tiny blue flowers. It provides aid to the garden by drawing bees in. Even though it is a tough rigid evergreen perennial, it is vulnerable to frost.
Likely, in Italian cuisines garlic is the most used herb. Without this useful herb no Italian herb garden would be complete. Garlic gloves can be planted in just about any garden and still flourish with very little attention. They can be stored for later use after they are harvested by freezing them or pickling them to store in the refrigerator.
Sage is used in a wide variety of Italian dishes from salads to meats. Most of the flavor from this plant comes from its new shoots so it is recommended to not let sage plants to get too woody by keeping them trim. New shoots will be encouraged to grow. After it blooms saga can be harvested.
Although there are so much more variety of herbs which can be included in an Italian herb garden, truly you should think carefully which herbs you will want to use. Consider the growing conditions each plant requires and think if possible or not you could provide them. Truly, Italian herbs add flavor to food although they also need to be looked at as other than that. As well, they make marvelous additions to the design of your landscape. Their uses could be for display, color or their aroma. You will be graced with the sweet aromas as if you are in Italy by planting Italian herbs amongst other plants. You will imagine it will be like taking a stroll on an Italian hill side.