Fresh Herbs

Arugula Pesto Recipe Basil Pesto Recipe Cilantro-Corn Salsa Recipe

An herb is a plant whose leaves, seeds, or flowers are used for flavoring food or in medicine. Other uses of herbs include cosmetics, dyes, and perfumes. The name derives from the Latin herba, meaning "green crops."

There are many different herbs grown on Ambrose Family Farm that you will enjoy at diffent times of the season.

Arugula is an herb that we usually have an abundance of on our farm. It is low in calories and high in vitamins A & C. You can use it to liven up your spring salad mixes, make pesto, and is a must for many Mediterranean dishes. It is often described as being mildly peppery with a rich, spicy or tangy flavor.

Storage To store arugula you can wrap in in a damp paper towel and place it in a perforated bag in the refrigerator. Before using, just rinse, shake off excess water and pat dry.

Basil is an all time favorite in our house during tomato season. What's better than

Caprese Salad on a warm summer afternoon! It is also great in tomato and pasta dishes as well as crumbled over baked chicken, lamb, or seafood.

Storage Basil should be kept loosely wrapped in a plastic bag and washed before use.

Cilantro is one of those herbs with a very distict flavor and odor......they say you either love it or you hate it. As most of you know cilantro is used in many Mexican dishes. The seeds from this herb are corriander that is used in a very different way.

Storage The best way to store cilantro is to clip the stems, put it in a glass of water in the fridge, and put a plastic bag loosely over the whole bouquet and glass...lasts 2 weeks.

Dill is very high in calcium and is known for it's calming effect on the digestive system. It is most popularly used as a pickling herb. You can use most of the plant except for the stem. It can be sprinkled on top of potatoes and chicken as they bake or be used in dressings and sauces.

Storage Dill can be stored in a damp paper towel in a perforated bag in the refrigerator. To dry it, hang it and let it air dry as it has a lower moisture content.

Garlic is used in most kitchens on a daily basis. Regular consumption of garlic can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also aids digestion and prevents flatulence. Recent research shows garlic to be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes.

Storage Young "wet" garlic needs to be stored in the refrigerator and will only last a week or two. Dried garlic can be stored at room temperature and can last for several months.

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