The days might be longer and the weather a little colder, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up on herbs just because it’s winter!
Take it from Chef Jodi – she has been growing herbs in her own garden for years and regularly uses them in her team-building and cooking events. Below are some of her recommendations for which herbs to grow this winter:
Rosemary is a perennial herb (meaning that it can be grown year-round), and it can defend itself against icy temperatures. This herb will bloom throughout the year, and it is one of the more affordable ones to grow. Rosemary also packs a ton of flavor and has been used to treat things like poor memory, migraines and digestive issues.
Chives are one of the easiest plants to grow indoors over winter, as they tolerate the lower light of the winter sun. High in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they are an excellent choice for any herb garden!
These sturdy little shrubs have a lemony tone, and they add a flavor to your dishes that few other herbs do. In addition, these herbs can survive over the winter will little-to-no upkeep. However, don't expect as much growth from them as you would see in the summer months.
Mint is a strong herb, with numerous varieties in existence. It is most often used for flavoring dishes or as garnishes, but many types of mint are also grown for their unique aromas. Mint is also full of vitamin C and iron and has been proven to reduce digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
Rich in vitamins K, A, potassium and calcium, it’s no wonder why basil is so popular. It helps to reduce inflammation, and studies have shown that it may help with symptoms of arthritis. Growing basil in the winter can be a little tricky due to the lack of sunlight during the winter. However, in warm climates, you can grow the herb all year round, in any type of soil.