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Different Types of Italy’s Famous Herbs

Italy is famous for its world-class cuisines. It's also famous for incorporating aromatic herbs in its dishes. Learn from the Italians! Read on to learn about seven herbs that you can use to create  flavorful and nutritious dishes.

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Italy is known throughout the world for its tasty meals and this is attributed to the herbs which Italians always use in their cooking. The seven commonly used herbs in Italian cuisine are basil, parsley, oregano, fennel, rosemary, garlic and sage.These herbs and their characteristics are described below.  

Basil is about the most famous of these herbs and most recipes are not complete without it. Basil has properties also that repeal mosquitoes and flies. It certainly is a leader of the Italian herbs, since it somehow influences other plants and vegetables in a garden to improve their flavors. It cannot be explained why this herb enhances the flavors of tomatoes and peppers when they are together side by side.

Parsleyis next on the list. This herb was known from the earliest years as a “breath mint” for people, long before the advent of the use of breath fresheners. Because of the herb’s minty flavor, it is used as a garnish on many Italian menus. Rather a difficult plant to grow, Italians takes all the effort to cultivate it for its varied uses.

The herb oregano is anotherflavorful plant aside from its being valued for decorative purposes in an Italian garden. The plant is harvested for culinary purposes after it has started to grow flowers as this is the stage when the herb oregano is most delectable.

The fourth important Italian herb is called fennel. The seeds of fennel are used to grace the Italian sausages and give them that flavor exclusively Italian. The plant however loses its flavor when it is already mature, so replanting is needed to be able to continue having its flavors for the Italian dishes.

Meanwhile, rosemary, another favorite in Italy, grows into a shrub which spouts little flowers of bluish color. These flowers are the ones that attract the bees because of the nectar and when these insects are around, much benefit is brought to the plants.

The sixth herb, garlic, may be known to many other people in different nations. No Italian meal is complete without garlic added to it. It grows easily practically on all kinds of soil and needs very little care as a plant.

The seventh Italian herb is sage. The herb is normally included in meats and salad preparations. The new shoots of sage contain the most flavors, so the plant is always trimmed for this purpose, preventing the plant from getting too woody.

The different types of Italian herbs are all for cuisine preparations, but it is important to determine which of them fits your needs in the kitchen. When growing them, know also their different characteristicsScience Articles, including their various uses as landscaping decorations in your garden.

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My name is Vicky Josephino. I'm a writer and herb garden enthusiast living just outside of Long Beach, CA. Mostly, I spend my days either buried in my laptop or tinkering the organic garden I've set up a decade ago. I can confidently say that in that amount of time, I've learned about what works (and what doesn't) as far as herb gardening is concerned. And as it goes, you can find those years of herb knowledge and experience in my free email course. Rest assured, I offer you great tips and techniques for growing your herb garden the right way.

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