Herbs to complement vegetables

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Herbs vegetablesWe know that certain wines match certain foods better than others. The same can be said for herbs and vegetables.

A number of herbs and vegetables have a strong affinity for one another. Basil goes perfectly with tomatoes, for example, and lemon thyme is delicious with mushrooms. Herbs are also an important part of vegetarian cooking, as they add depth of flavour to dishes and they have great nutritional value.

Basil, for instance, is an excellent source of beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin (which helps protect from age-related macular disease), Vitamin A and Vitamin K, and it also provides us with important minerals such as potassium, copper and magnesium.

Oregano is packed with minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium and in addition it is a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K.

The following is a list, devised by The Herb Farm (A YMCA Community Enterprise Society Ltd), of a few vegetables and herbs that complement one another well.

Which herbs with which veggies?

VeggieHerbTips and Techniques
BeansSavory, oregano, parsleyChop your chosen herb finely, add to butter and mix in with beans prior to serving. Broad beans taste great with a white savory herb sauce
BeetrootDill, marjoram, lovageMix herb together with sour cream and then stir in with cooked beetroot
BroccoliSavory, oregano, basilAdd one or more of the herbs to a white sauce and pour over the broccoli
CabbageDill, lovage, sorrel, marjoramQuick fry cabbage with a little onion and one herb, or stuff cabbage leaves with rice using all the herbs. Use herbs liberally in coleslaw
CarrotsParsley, lovage, savoryAs with beans, add one of the herbs to butter and stir through before serving, or serve with a white herb sauce
CauliflowerSorrel, savory, chervil, lemon balm, marjoramTo accompany cauliflower add one of the herbs to a cheese sauce
CeleryLovage, oregano, savory, salad burnetMake a white sauce using one or more of the herbs
CourgettesDill, chives, basil, marjoramServe with marjoram white sauce or mix herbs through prior to serving
Florence fennelDill, savory, basilAdd to cooked fennel bulbs prior to serving
MarrowLemon, balm, marjoram, mint, tarragonUse a generous amount of herbs in either a mince or rice stuffing. Also great added to white sauce
MushroomsDill, garlic, lemon thymeFry in herb butter or serve with a herb sour cream
OnionsSage, parsleyMake a white sage and parsley sauce and add to cooked onions. Great addition to poultry too
PotatoesMint, parsley, chives, savory, oregano, chervilServe baked potatoes with a spoonful of sour cream or butter mixed with herbs
Swedes and ParsnipsLovage, parsley, savory, oreganoBefore serving, mix in with herb butter
TomatoesBasil, dill, tarragon, chervil, chivesAdd one or more herbs to sliced tomatoes or make a stuffing with breadcrumbs and herbs

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