If you're looking for a way to take your cooking to the next level, growing your own herbs is a great way to start. Popular herbs like basil, cilantro, and oregano have an amazing fragrance and taste when grown fresh at home. Home-grown herbs can be added to delicious sauces, salsas, or even dried for future projects. Plus, herbs are a fun and easy plant to grow whether you have a large outdoor space or just a sunny windowsill.


1. What are herbs?

An herb is any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for food, medicine, or fragrance. Specifically, in the culinary world, an herb is any green or leafy part of a plant that can add flavor to a recipe without being the main ingredient. Spices and herbs differ in that while herbs are always derived from the leaves or other green parts of a plant, while spices come from the bark, roots, berries, seeds, or twigs of plants.

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