An Italian garden holds unlimited potential. This is because Italy has a wide variety of tasty culinary herbs. It is for this reason Italian food tastes so great. When you want to cook with fresh herbs when cooking Italian food, you can grow your own herbs. You can pick them fresh, store them in the refrigerator, or dry them to use when preparing your favorite Italian dish.
Basil is one of the most popular Italian herbs. In fact, it is so popular that it is used in most recipes. This herb is more than just a food flavor enhancer. It is also helpful whenever it is being grown beside other herbs because it will ward off both flies and mosquitoes.
Parsley is an Italian "breath mint" that is known for being difficult to grow. It is often used as a garnish on a plate because it will reduce your chance of having bad breath. It is good chopped and added to sauces, meat when cooking, and on garlic bread.
Oregano does not just taste good it looks good too. Oregano has purple flowers and when they are blooming you will know that this herb is very flavorful and ready to be picked and added to a favorite Italian dish.
Fennel seeds are what give Italian sausage its flavor. This is different from oregano in that it will lose flavor as it matures. If you want to make use of this herb's flavor, you will need to replant this perennial herb every couple of years.
Rosemary is similar to basil in that it will benefit the herbs that are near it. However, it does grow into a big shrub with blue flowers, which makes it attractive to bees that help with pollination. This herb will not survive freezing temperatures even though it is a tough perennial.
Garlic is the most popular herb in the world. It is also one of the most used herbs in Italian cooking. In fact, you will find that no Italian herb garden is complete without having some garlic planted in it. The nice thing about planting garlic cloves that you will not need to pay much attention to them, then once they are harvested you can use them immediately or store them for later use.
Most Italian dishes also contain sage, which is an herb that is most tasty whenever its young shoots are flowering. This is why you will want to trim it a lot to keep it from becoming too woody. Once it does bloom, you will want to harvest it.
As you can clearly see, there are a lot of herbs that you can grow in an Italian herb garden. Of course, you do not have to grow all of these herbs, but you will want to know how to at least grow a few favorite herbs that you will be able to use in your own kitchen. It is also important to understand that Italian herbs are not your ordinary plant. Italian herbs will add to uniqueness to your garden and they will make your entire yard smell wonderful. An Italian herb garden can be a corner of your yard or a pot on your porch. Once you plant your herbs, in no time, you will have your own little piece of Italy right there in your own backyard.