I am Dani, mother of two, vegetarian, have a vegetable garden at home and, I like to eat everything green and healthy, sharing my experience
I love spices, especially fresh ones.
You better get it from the backyard than the supermarket, have you thought about it?
I know that not everyone has access to fresh spices.
Many people do not have a yard or a small garden.
You can plant spices in the pot at home, on the balcony, or on the eaves of the kitchen. Even set up a panel on your apartment balcony.
See how many options we have!
My mother has some spices here at home in pots and the garden like oregano, sage, mint, and rosemary.
Learn how to grow some species used in various recipes that will make your meals even tastier.
Most spices here are for you to grow in the heat to enjoy in the winter. You can harvest everything at the beginning of winter and plant in the spring again.
Discover seven examples of spices for you to grow at home like my mother.
My mother's spices
Always choose places with plenty of sunshine for your herbs as some don't like shade while others don't like being too cold.
I like to use oregano in pizzas, roasted chicken, and salads.
You can use fresh or dried oregano, as it strengthens the flavor of the dishes.
Always leave with lots of sunlight and heat.
Remember that, for oregano to always remain beautiful, add substrate (or fertilizer) and mix it with the soil in your pot.
When we use onion in the kitchen, we throw the peels, right.
In a pan, put water along with the peels and boil.
Take the boiling water and throw it in the soil, then throw the boiled shells, strengthening your plants.
For all spices, buy a seedling and plant the seeds in your home. At the supermarket, you can find the dry seasoning to plant the seeds too.
Sage is a spice and an ornamental plant with beautiful colored leaves.
Sage withstands a little cold with daily sunlight.
Plant sage in small and large pots.
Use sage in pork, duck, turkey, and chicken, with grains, eggs, cheese, and pumpkin.
It also goes well with pasta, like the famous gnocchi with sage butter. Added to the melted butter, it releases the maximum of its flavor and its wonderful perfume.
The spices get old over time, so plant them again every year.
Rosemary is a plant used in pork, fish, chicken, pasta, and even some sweets. I never tested it, but it can work.
Below is an example of a sweet recipe with rosemary:
Rosemary Brigadeiro with Nuts
- 1 tablespoon of rosemary leaves
- 150 milliliters milk
- 1 tablespoon shallow butter
- 1 can of condensed milk
- 200 grams box of sour cream
- 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 12 walnuts in halves to decorate
- Beat the rosemary with the milk in a blender and strain into a pan.
- Add the butter and the condensed milk and bring to low heat, stir until fat or with a consistency of soft brigadeiro.
- Off the heat, add the cream and chopped nuts and mix well.
- Distribute in disposable 25 ml cups and refrigerate.
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Serve garnished with half a walnut.
Put a little water in your spices to avoid drowning.
Rosemary is a plant that can withstand the wind but without cold temperatures.
Plant rosemary in large pots to grow big and need daily sunshine.
Keep the soil moist for the first three months.
If you plant more than one rosemary seedling, it needs to be a large pot to give space from one seed to another at least 50 cm.
You can harvest rosemary in three months.
If you put a potato on the grill and add rosemary, it looks great.
Mint is well known for its cold teas.
However, mint in cooking is very versatile for Arabic dishes and, salads combine in a portion of pasta with peas, beans, and chickpeas.
You can make the mint with zucchini looks very tasty.
Mint grows fast, so I advise you to plant it in a large pot or two, depending on how much you use.
I love using basil to make pesto at home. If you make a slice of meat, add the basil.
You can smell the basil from afar, in the pasta with garlic and oil.
The basil you can plant in a large pot, as I said before, grows a lot, looks like a small tree, and needs a lot of suns, and can water every day. It can't stand the cold.
Prune the tree when it reaches 15 cm, to grow beautiful. Remove the flowers to maintain the vigor of the plant.
Save the eggshells and before planting your spices, mix the crushed shells with the earth, turning it into fertilizer.
My pesto sauce, Follow my pesto sauce recipe that I make at my house for you to enjoy!
- A cup full of basil
- A cup full of extra virgin olive oil
- A cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- two garlic cloves
- six chopped walnuts
Beat everything in a blender or food processor.
Serve with hot pasta. Pesto sauce does not go to the stove.
This recipe serves four people. If the recipe is for a larger family, you can double the ingredients.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
The salsa here in Brazil is a very popular salsa or parsley as it is also known.
I use parsley for everything.
When I make white rice, I add a little parsley to give it a new aroma.
Parsley is widely used in Brazil and easy to store in the refrigerator.
I make parsley with rich cooking and add parsley and, my kids love it.
Parsley already prefers cooler temperatures between 10 to 22 degrees but needs the sun for 4 hours a day.
Choose a cool place in your home to plant parsley, placing it in small or large pots.
Parsley lasts an average of three to four days in the refrigerator, in the freezer for about two months.
Spices take a while to grow, maybe a few months, but organic fertilizer in the soil grow faster.
I use Scallion together with parsley and, where I live, in Brazil, they sell as a green smell.
We use chives in salads, and if you are going to make an omelet or souffle, the chives add a special touch.
Just like the parsley, the chives you can freeze and use later without problems.
Having spices at home is much better than buying at the supermarket, fresh at home is much better.
Take care of your spices and, following all these tips, you will discover that you can have your mini garden at home without living in the countryside.
Dani Todesco (author) from Brazil on February 16, 2021:
Thank you for your comment!
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 16, 2021:
These are great ones.
I like parsley, sage, basil, oregano & scallions.
The idea of keeping them in individual pots is a great one.
I can picture myself snipping a piece off when I need one.