Top Five Exotic Culinary Herbs to Grow in the Kitchen

Posted by Vitthal Bhosale on

Exotic culinary herbs have entered the common Indian household with changing food habits and craving for ready to cook food.
We bring you the five most common, easy to grow, pot-grown culinary herbs-
  1. Rosemary
  2. Thyme
  3. Parsley
  4. Basil
  5. Oregano

Introduction to Exotic Culinary Herbs

1. Rosemary is a perennial evergreen dwarf herbaceous plant, which is mostly used for its aromatic shoots or branches.
2. Thyme is a small leaf-bearing herbaceous plant valued for its aromatic and medicinal properties. It has anti-cancer and anti-microbial properties. Thyme is used in culinary preparations as it prolongs the life of cooking oil and adds flavours to dishes.
3. Parsley is used in a variety of dishes. It looks like Coriander leaves. It has many medicinal properties like anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, and also bone-strengthening properties.
4. Basil or Italian Basil is another important culinary herb which is used raw in pasta, salad making or to garnish different dishes.
5. Oregano or Ajwain is used as fresh or dried powder form as toppings in different European dishes.

Growing exotic herbs indoors.

Selection of pot

Most of the exotic herbs can grow very well in 7 or 8-inch size pots with 8 inches pot height. Use clean and unused pots.

Growing media

Use red soil mixed with a quarter mix of cocopeat and vermicompost. You can use an equal amount of perlite or vermiculite if it is available.

Planting material

Most of the herbs can be grown from seeds but it is advisable to make seedlings first and then transplant them to the pots.

Requirements

Climate- Culinary herbs require morning sunlight or filtered sunlight with good aeration, window sill or balcony space can provide optimum climatic requirements for good growth and development

Watering- Take a bucket of water and simply immerse the pot in it and keep it for the drain. You can water it thoroughly twice a week.

Cultivation - Turn the upper crust of growing media with a weeding hook once a week. It will improve the aeration, water and nutrition intake capacity of the plant.


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