Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum)

If a recipe calls for 1-2 cloves of garlic, I will automatically add three or four (or five, maybe 6). Because garlic. Garlic chives provide another way to enjoy that awesome garlic flavor with a plant that also offers beauty along with function.

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Cinnamon Basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘Cinnamon’)

20171027_084310As the name implies, Cinnamon Basil has a slight cinnamon-y taste to it.  I wouldn’t start making cinnamon rolls with it, but there are certain savory dishes that it is a perfect compliment to.  Many Greek and Middle Eastern meat-based recipes actually use cinnamon for flavor, and so Cinnamon Basil would also be an excellent addition.  Give your pesto a bit of a twist by using this basil along with your Sweet Basil.  I’ve even used it in my Basil Jelly recipe.  Throw it in salads, or season vegetables with it.

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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

20171002_174445There are a few herbs that are routinely featured in Greek cuisine, and rosemary is one of them.  Often paired with garlic (of course!), it adds a distinct flavor to stews and meats.  I prefer to use it fresh, but if you have home-dried rosemary it works just as well.  I have not been as impressed with commercial dried rosemary, so if you have the space to grow your own it is well worth the effort.

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