Got Herbs? Here's What To Do

With herb gardens at their seasonal peak, here are some fresh ideas for putting fragrant greenery to delicious use:

With herb gardens at their seasonal peak, here are some fresh ideas for putting fragrant greenery to delicious use:

Get Creative with Pesto
Pesto alla genovese is an Italian classic, but you can make pesto from thyme, cilantro, parsley, and even spinach. Consider pairing parsley pesto with tilapia or grilled vegetables, and cilantro pesto with shrimp and red pepper skewers.

Make a Simple Herb Oil
Herb oil is less expensive to make than pesto, as it doesn't require nuts or cheese. Check out these easy-to-make recipes for oils made with basil, rosemary, and dill. Pair dill oil with poached or broiled salmon, and rosemary oil with lamb kebobs.

Think Centerpieces
Cut flowers are lovely, but in August, with herbs going bonkers in pots, plots, and window boxes, use herbs instead. Place delicate sprigs in small vases or even shot glasses. Herbs that have bolted may taste bitter, so pluck them for decorative use instead. Make a mixed herb bouquet, or keep single varieties together.

Whatever you do, enjoy the abundance of fresh herbs while they're plentiful. Depending on where you live, soon all but the hardiest varieties will take their leave.

What is your favorite thing to do with herbs? Chime in below!

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Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule. Read all of Cheryl's iVillage posts here.

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