• A variety of fresh herbs are grown throughout Nova Scotia. These may include basil, chives, cilantro, tarragon, sage, thyme, oregano, mint and parsley. These herbs are grown at different times throughout the year, depending on the variety. Many herbs can grow beautifully on a sunny windowsill as well.
Storage, Preparation and Cooking Tips
• Depending on the type of herb, there are different techniques to storing them. You can refrigerate them, dry them, or freeze them.
• Fresh herbs can be stored in a sealed container or plastic bag in the fridge for a few days.
• If the herbs are tied in a bunch you can hang them upside down from a hook and use as needed. They will dry over several weeks and then you can store them in a jar. This works well for oregano, thyme, savory, marjoram, rosemary, sage, & mint.
• To freeze fresh herbs, simply chop and place in a freezer bag.
• Basil will keep for a few days if you put the stems in water. Basil will turn black if let in the refrigerator.
• Remember to wash herbs before using
• Add herbs to all your favourite dishes, including pasta or stews, or it can also be used as a garnish.
•Typically, 1 teaspoon of dried herbs is equal to 3 teaspoons of fresh herbs.