30 July 2015

Herbs Paired With Fruit? Oh Yes, You Can

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Most home cooks know the benefits of adding herbs to savory foods like meat and vegetables, but have you ever considered adding them to fruit and desserts? Herbs not only offer great health benefits, they also bring out a certain essence in some foods that we may not even notice was lacking. The uses of such spices as cinnamon, ginger and clove are well-known, so let's give our leafy friends the exposure they deserve. Here are six common herbs (most can even be grown in your kitchen window) that will take your desserts and fruit dishes to another level.

1. Thyme
Thyme is a woodsy herb that makes one think of Fall, but it also pairs wonderfully with fruits in any season. Since it can overpower some flavors, try it in small amounts with strawberries, cherries, melons or pears.

2. Rosemary
Rosemary is the spiny needle of a fragrant evergreen shrub that's known for adding flavor to meats. Use this in small amounts to bring out the flavor in berry dishes and compotes.

3. Basil
This sweet herb that lends such a characteristic flavor to many Mediterranean dishes also works well with the fruits of the region, namely dates and figs. It also compliments stone fruits like cherries, peaches, and plums.

4. Mint
Mint is not so unusual in dessert dishes, but most people don't recognize the potential in pairing minty flavor with the sweetness of fruit. Though it doesn’t work well with everything, try it with berries, stone fruit and orchard fruits like apples and pears.

5. Lavender
The sweet, fragrant purple flowers of this plant are known for their medicinal and emotional properties, and they are the perfect foil for tart fruits like raspberries and citrus. Try some lavender lemonade for a new favorite summer cooler.

6. Parsley

Parsley is more than just a garnish, and this grassy herb lends a surprising element to desserts and salads that contain melon and tropical fruits like coconut, mango and bananas.
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  1. I love eating basil in meals. I even have my own plant of it.


    1. Me too, I definitely plan on planting basil in our garden.

  2. For special events my mom always made a simple salad with cubed watermelon, basil, salt and pepper. So refreshing! I'm going to try the thyme and rosemary!

    1. That sounds so interesting, I'd love to try it.

  3. I have heard that lavender can be used in shortbread. I have never made it myself though. Would be interested to know if anyone has and if it was a success.

    1. I've never done it but have heard about it - just be sure to use food-grade lavender!

  4. Yummy ideas! Unfortunately I didn't get around to buying rosemary or thyme for the garden. But there is plenty of basil and lavender growing. Lavender lemonade *is* lovely and I've got a lemon-lavender tea bread recipe bookmarked to try one day. Our apple tree is beginning to ripen so I'll have to try the mint/apple combo. Thanks for the suggestions!


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