Herbs

Herbs

Basil Varieties

Left to right): Cinnamon basil, ‘Red Rubin’, bush basil and ‘Greek Mini’. Sally Tagg Sweet or ‘Genovese’ basil is the most popular variety, with its large, fresh green leaves prized for pesto. Lemon and lime basil have a distinctive, citrusy kick to their flavour and scent. ‘Mrs Burns Lemon’ is the best of the bunch. Purple …

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Chopping herbs

When chopping herbs, toss a little salt onto the cutting board; it will keep the herbs from flying around. Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery and Cafe, Boston

Storing herbs

There isn’t one way to store all of your fresh herbs because herbs themselves fall into two categories: hard and soft. Food52 explains the difference and suggests the right method to keep each type of herb fresh for a longer time. Hard herbs are the ones with woody stems, like rosemary, oregano, marjoram and thyme. …

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Herb chopping

When chopping herbs, toss a little salt onto the cutting board; it will keep the herbs from flying around.Joanne Chang – Flour Bakery & Cafe, Boston

Keeping basil

Fresh basil keeps much better and longer at room temperature with the stems in water.Elisabeth Prueitt – Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

Herbs

When chopping up fresh herbs, don’t ‘bash’ them with the knife — slicing gently will retain more flavour. If you can see lots of stains on the board after chopping up herbs, you were being too rough. Giovanni Pilu

Preserving herbs

Didn’t have a chance to use all of your fresh herbs? Freeze them in ice-cube trays with water or chicken broth to use later.. prevents wastage and spoilage. Carol Carlton

Herb usage

When using fresh herbs such as cilantro or parsley, add whole stems to salads and sandwiches, and chop and stir leaves into salsas and guacamole.Aarón Sánchez – Chefs vs. City