Aromatic herbs and the memories that evokeAromatic herbs are some of the most interesting ingredients to use to transform a dish from plain to extraordinary, from regular to healthy, from simply salted to what is that exotic flavor? When you are traveling, visit an herb shop and you’ll be instantly enveloped into a richly scented culture. You’ll inhale the natural earthy scents emanating from the fresh aromatic herbs native to that area, and become familiar with the flavors that you’ll taste again and again when you eat in that region. Want a splendid souvenir? Take home some aromatic herbs and relive your trip the next dinner you plan. Or, if you haven’t done that yet, just go out and get the best quality herbs you can from your local herb shop and plan a future trip over a meal with friends.
Other usesMany aromatic herbs are processed into tinctures, teas, powders, oils, and capsules for their health benefits and a number of other uses: in religious practices (white sage), for traditional ceremonies (turmeric root), and in lotions and perfumes (rosemary, ylang ylang). You can even make a meaningful gift for someone special when you assemble a collection of three complimentary aromatic herbs. Try cilantro, mint and rosemary. You can find aromatic herbs from an online herbal store, an open food market, street vendors or stand alone herb shops in town. Always be sure your vendor has the freshest and best quality herbs available, and take your experience to the next level by incorporating aromatic herbs into your meals, home, garden or treatment.
TurmericA popular herb, turmeric, can be found in almost every herb shop or fresh market and is often ground into a rich sunset yellow-orange colored powder that subtly scents your dishes. It is valued also for its renowned health benefits. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and dramatically increases the body’s anti-oxidant capacity. Use it with fish, meat, chicken, rice and pasta dishes; add it to fresh juices, smoothies and more. Combined with fresh black pepper, its health giving properties are enhanced.
Once used mostly in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking, turmeric is now found in a latte, a trending beverage that takes its inspiration from India’s Golden Milk. Mix it with ginger in a smoothie and you have a natural marriage of rich flavors.