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Summer is coming and summer to me means fresh herbs from my garden.

Every year I plant a few planters full of herbs. The standard herbs – Italian parsley, chives, sweet basil, rosemary, cilantro, thyme.. But this year I added a few new ones.

Thai Basil – one of my favorite basil’s so I knew I needed to plant it this year. I use it in my fresh spring rolls, Thai curries, and stir fries. It tastes more exotic than my regular sweet basil and looks a bit different too. Thai basil has smaller leaves and purple stems and it is delicious!

Tuscan Basil – this stuff is awesome. It is a cross between basil and fennel and it rocks! It is funky looking too, it looks like a lettuce leaf. I went to a local farm in Kanata and the lady introduced me to it. I tried it and I was hooked. So far I have used in it a steak
salad as a lettuce element, and on top
of my bolognese sauce.

My advice, don’t be afraid to experiment with new herbs and flavors. Plant some herbs and add a few knew ones to the mix. A little experimenting is always fun.

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