Having an Italian herb garden could be quite an advantageous experience due to the fact that Italy is a homeland of the most well-known and delicious herbs that are used worldwide. The most tasty plates have Italian origin, and, without any doubts, herbs have their rightful place in the Italian cookery.
One of the most well-known Italian herb is basil that is widely used in various Italian plates. However, not many people know that basil is not only an excellent relish, but also an asset in gardening. By planting basil with peppers and tomatoes it is possible to better the taste of the vegetables. In addition to that, basil is an excellent repellent of flies and mosquitoes.
Parsley, despite the ins and the outs of its planting, is a necessary ingredient not only in the Italian, but also in a worldwide cookery. Long time before there were introduced breath fresheners, fresh parsley has been known for its refreshing qualities and was used after meals to dispose of the bad breath, that is why in certain cultures it has become a custom to dish up parsley on a saucer, and it has manifested itself in the contemporary cookery in using parsley as a topping in many meals.
Oregano is used not only as a delicious addition to a main course, but also for decorative purposes: mellow oregano has wonderful small violet blossoms. It is better to crop oregano when it has blossomed because only during blossoming it has the most delicious taste.
Fennel’s seeds are used to better the taste of Italian sausages. Quite a remarkable feature of this herb lies in the fact that ripe fennel forfeits its palatability traits. Since it is a perennial herb, in order to enjoy it fully, it is advisable to transplate it within the period of two-three years.
Just as basil, the use of rosemary in the gardening can be a real advantage. Ripe rosemary is a bush with blossoming petite blue blooms that would draw bees. Despite being sempervirent perennial, it endures poorly cold weather.
Garlic is considered to be the most widely used herb in Italian cookery. It is impossible to imagine Italian herb garden without the distinct taste of garlic. It can be planted in almost any soil, and it does not require much effort of a gardener to have a fertile gather. Refrigerated garlic can be preserved for a later use indoors.
Sage is used widely in Italian cookery: in different types of meat plates, salads, and the list goes on and on. Sprouts of this herb are considered to be its most delicious part, that is why it is necessary to prune it during this period of vegetation, and after its blossoming it is possible to crop it.
Definitely, a gardener can choose to include different herbs in an Italian herb garden. It is necessary to consider the specific requirements for planting particular herbs, and whether they correspond to the existing surroundings. In addition, it is worth to consider Italian herbs not only as spices, but also as a means of beautification of environment due to their distinctive shades and scents that will be prevailing even when they are planted with different herbs, creating an illusion of Italian countryside.