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Cooking & Spices

Cooking & Spices by 1stChineseHerbs

Many medicinal herbs and spices can be used in cooking. Some of the more commonly used herbs include cilantro, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, oregano, sage, coriander, mint, thyme, chives, dill, and basil. You don't need to use as much fresh herbs as you do dried herbs. If you are using dried herbs, we recommend that you grind them up a bit (either with your hand or with a mortar and pestle) in order to enhance their flavor.

Herbs used in cooking are primarily there for flavor enhancement, unlike herbs taken in capsule or tablet form. Although the herbs still might provide some medicinal benefits if included in cooked dishes, many herbs are simply used for flavor and aroma in cooking. If you have a chef in the family, culinary herbs make a great gift!

Culinary Herb Chart
Different herbs go well with different types of foods. Below are some of the common herbs used to enhance certain foods. Play around with different herbs and see which flavors and combinations you like best!

Food Herb Options
Beans Basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, tarragon, thyme.
Beef Basil, bay leaves, chives, oregano, parsley, sage, sorrel, tarragon, thyme.
Breads Dill, fennel, oregano, parsley, rosemary.
Casseroles Bay leaves, oregano, sage.
Cheese Chervil, chives, dill, mint, sorrel, sweet marjoram, tarragon, thyme. 
Chicken/Poultry Basil, chervil, chives, lemon grass, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme.
Dressings Basil, fennel, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, sweet marjoram, tarragon.
Eggs Basil, chervil, chives, dill, mint, oregano, paprika, parsley, savory, sorrel, sweet marjoram, tarragon, thyme. 
Fish/Seafood Bay leaves, chervil, coriander, fennel, lemon grass, paprika, parsley, sage, sorrel, tarragon, thyme.
Lamb Mint, rosemary.
Peas Mint, oregano, sweet marjoram.
Pork Fennel, sage, paprika.
Salads Basil, chervil, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, oregano, parsley, sage, sorrel, sweet marjoram, tarragon, thyme.
Sauces Bay leaves, chives, dill, fennel, lemon grass, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sorrel, sweet marjoram, tarragon.
Soups  Basil, bay leaves, chervil, chives, cilantro, dill, lemon grass, oregano, parsley, sage, savory, sorrel, sweet marjoram, tarragon, thyme. 
Stuffings Fennel, parsley, sage, savory, sweet marjoram, thyme.
Tomatoes Basil, lemon grass, thyme.
Vegetables (assorted) Chervil, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, savory, sorrel, tarragon, thyme. 

 

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