Herbs for a Roman Herb Garden

Want an interesting and yet useful theme for your kitchen garden? Try growing a Roman Cook's Garden. If you have a sunny area or use a portable container system that can be moved with the sunlight, then this Roman Cook's garden theme would be perfect!

Although not exhaustive, here are 10 easy-to-find herbs that can be grown in a Roman Themed garden.

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    Anise plant

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    Native to Egypt and the Mediterranean, be sure to grow this annual in a hot, sunny location.

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    Close up of Basil Leaves
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    Basil is such a delicious flavor, it should come as no surprise that it was used in Roman recipes. Be certain that you grow extra. Basil freezes very well and keeps its heady flavor.

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    Bay leaf and spice jar

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    Perfect for rich dishes, Bay leaf is still used as it was back in Roman times.

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    Leaves on a mint plant (Lamiaceae)

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    More than a tea herb, mint can be used in many main dishes. Simple to grow, mint should remain in a container to check its enthusiastic growing habit - making it perfect for a container garden.

    Start from a well-labeled plant, in order to ensure that your variety is true. Do not allow it to flower near another mint, or it will regrow with a different flavor the next year.

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    Full Frame Shot Of Cilantro
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    Make the most of your garden space, and grow this double duty herb. When young, coriander is known as Cilantro. Allow Cilantro to go to seed and voila'! You have Coriander.

    Try growing two beds of Cilantro, one for keeping cut and one to go to seed. That way, you have enough of both flavors.

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    Dill is a showy herb, great for light dishes and, of course, pickling. Romans knew of its flavor and included dill in many of their dishes.

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    Garlic has a long history of culinary and medicinal uses. Romans loved to include garlic in much of their food, just the same way we do today.

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    Not just for ornamental use, Romans used Hyssop in their recipes, enjoying their sweet scented blooms.

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    Parsley is once again showing itself as a useful and historically interesting herb. Since Roman times, it has been used to freshen breath and brighten recipes with its light, green taste.

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    Savory has a rich and documented history in the culinary world. It is a bit tender below zone 6, so you may need to baby it a little. The flavor is well worth the effort.