Kerby's Culinary Corner
The freshest flavors come right from your backyard garden. Here at the #KerbysCulinaryCorner, we
want to show you some creative ways to use your home-grown edibles. See below for this month's feature
and check out
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favorite recipes with us.
Fennel is another under-used herb with a mild licorice flavor. The primary
variety grown in Florida is used for the leaves, and in the winter season we can grow the bulbing
varieties for delicious root vegetable dishes. Fennel has been used since ancient times, with the
Romans using it to combat obesity. The world's largest producer of fennel is India and fennel was
introduced into the Americas in the 1700s. The entire plant is edible: roots, stems, leaves and seeds.
Check out the recipes below and enjoy.
Tarragon has a mild licorice or anise flavor and can be
used in a variety of dishes from sweet to savory. In Florida, we tend to
grow the winter tarragon (also called spanish or mexican tarragon),
since the traditional french tarragon doesn't perform well in our hot, humid climate.
Tarragon is an under-used herb, but don't let the fact that you don't always see it used
scare you away. It's delicious - try it with one of our recipes below.
Oregano is a quintessential herb. You'll find it in receipes from around the world,
but it is especially common in Italian dishes. Oregano adds amazing flavor to sauces, meats and soups. Try a
few of our favorites below and when you've got the perfectly plated, share them on instagram with the tag
#kerbysculinarycorner. We can't wait to see what you create.
Cilantro recipes scream summer. However, in Florida
it is best grown in the winter season when it is less humid outside. So enjoy these recipes now with store-bought cilantro
or save them for when you've got cilantro growing in your herb garden this winter.
Summer temperatures mean you need a little cool refreshment. Check out these great tropical fruit recipes.
Perfect for summer pool parties.
Tropical Fruit Recipes
Mint is a versatile herb that is well-known as an ingredient in sweet dishes, but can also be found in
savory dishes as well. Check out some of our favorite recipes below.
Basil has been used since ancient times for embalming and been found
in mummies from ancient Egypt. In ancient Greece, basil was used as a symbol of mourning.
Thought of as an Italian herb, Basil actually originates from India.
In some eastern European countries, young women will offer a sprig of basil to a young man as
a symbol of her love.
In both the Greek and Romaninan Orthodox Church, basil has a religious significance where it is used
to prepare holy water and is often found by church altars.
Basil is a versatile herb, delicious with a slice of heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella,
on pizza margherita
or for flavoring baked goods and meats. And basil comes in lots of different varieties: Sweet Basil,
Opal Basil, Thai Basil, Lemon Basil and Spicy Globe Basil just to name a few. For a start try some of the great recipes below.
Rosemary gets its name from the Latin word rosmarimus which means 'mist of the sea'.
In Ancient Greece, rosemary was believed to be a magical plant that could strengthen memory.
It has also been used as a medicinal herb to relieve gas, toothaches, headaches and even baldness!
There is an old tradition of scattering rosemary sprigs on the graves of family to show that they would
not be forgotten.
Rosemary is best grown in a sunny area with rich, well-drained soil. Make sure that the area drains well,
even during the heavy rains of the summer season. Rosemary has very few pest issues and is a perennial
herb that will provide years of delicious harvests.
As a part of the mint family, rosemary is a
savory herb for seasoning meats, seafood and pasta dishes. Give it a try
with the recipes below.