CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Growing your own small herb garden is just as easy as watering flowers! Shari Petrucci from the Western Mass Master Gardener Association showed us how to get started.
Herbs and Spices Defined:
Herbs are the leaves of low growing shrubs and can be used fresh or dried. Common examples include sage, parsley , basil, oregano, rosemary, dill, and thyme. Many herbs can be grown both indoors and outdoors.
Spices come from the bark , root, buds, seeds, berry or fruit of tropical plants and trees. Examples include cinnamon, ginger, cloves, pepper, paprika, garlic, mustard and many more. (Seasoning blends are a mixture of dried herbs and spices)
Caribbean: Allspice, cilantro, curry, garlic, ginger, lime, vanilla.
Chinese: Basil, ginger, sesame seeds, tamari and nama shoyu.
Eastern European: Caraway seeds, dill, parsley.
French: chives, garlic, parsley, tarragon, lemon peel.
Greek: oregano, mint, thyme, basil, marjoram, onion, garlic
Indian: Anise, cardamom, chilies, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, curry, fennel, garlic, ginger, mint, mustard, saffron, tamarind and turmeric.
Indonesian: Basil, chilies, cilantro, cinnamon, cumin, curry, garlic, ginger, lime, mint and nama shoyu.
Italian: Basil, garlic, oregano, and rosemary.
Japanese: Garlic, ginger, miso, sesame seeds, wasabi, tamari and nama shoyu.
Latin American: chiles, cumin, cilantro, garlic, limes, chocolate, and cinnamon.
Middle Eastern: Anise, cilantro, chilies, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, dill, garlic, lemon, mint, oregano, parsley, saffron, sesame, and tahini.
Thai: Basil, chilies, cilantro, cumin, curry, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, lime, mint, tamarind and turmeric.