Fall is just around the corner! Besides cozy sweaters, warm food and pumpkin spice lattes, one thing that truly signals the changing of seasons is seasonal herbs. If you own a Click and Grow smart garden, you can be growing some of the season's essential herbs in your very own home in no time at all!
Here are just a few of the many herbs you can grow in your smart garden this fall. Use these to bring out the flavors in your seasonal cooking:
1. Garden Sage
With its woodsy aroma and strong musky taste, sage is tailor made for autumn dishes. It’s especially delicious with pumpkin soup, roasted chicken, pasta and red meats.
In addition to its culinary benefits, research suggests sage is good for your brain too. Perfect for when you need a mental boost as the days start getting shorter and darker during fall.
If you’re a fan of poultry dishes or you’re looking for a herb to complement stews, stuffings, sausages or pies, we highly recommend thyme. Its flavor is earthy and slightly minty and it's great for adding zest to dishes.
Thyme also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making it all the more worthwhile to cook with.
A very underrated herb that completely transforms any dish. If you’re a cook who loves bold flavors, then cilantro is the way to go. It's a popular ingredient in spice rubs, marinades, chilis, sauces, soups and curries.
In addition to its fresh, citrusy flavor, cilantro is naturally rich in vitamins A, C and K, making it a really healthy autumn herb to use.
4. Plain Parsley
Although commonly associated with European and Middle Eastern cuisine, parsley makes a special cameo appearance in fall dishes. It boasts a slightly bitter taste which complements other special flavors you find at this time of year. Why not use it in autumn salads or sprinkle over roasted vegetables? The possibilities are endless.
Parsley also happens to be a natural breath freshener!
As the days get shorter and our energy levels drop, Rosemary can have a soothing effect on the nervous system. Research even suggests that exposure to rosemary’s aroma can have a positive effect on cognitive performance.
It’s super easy to use Rosemary in your fall cooking. For instance, you can use it as a seasoning to accentuate lamb or chicken dishes. You can also add it to stews or place a few decorative leaves on top of your dish as a seasonal garnish.
Have fun growing these herbs in your smart garden and enjoy eating in season!