With Christmas fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your festive feast. This year, most of us will be spending more time at home so it’s the perfect opportunity to incorporate some homegrown herbs in your cooking.
We’ve got some suggestions for the best herbs to use in your Christmas cooking.
“With all the new iso-gardeners harvesting their crops, it’s time to start thinking about how you can incorporate fresh herbs into your festive fare,” says Narelle Peart from Scotts Performance Naturals.
For those looking to create a Christmas feast to remember, Narelle has put together a list of herbs that will perfectly compliment whatever you place on the table this December.
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Best Herbs For Your Festive Feast
No Christmas ham is complete without a hint of rosemary which gives food a full flavour and, even better, the most junior of gardeners can grow it. Make sure to plant rosemary in soil that has good drainage and avoid overwatering.
Increasingly popular for Aussie Christmas lunch is turkey. This year, make your stuffing one to remember by adding some fresh thyme from your garden. Thyme loves the sun so, for the best results, grow it in a bright sunny position. To keep your thyme growing healthily, invest in a specialised fertiliser such as Scotts Performance Naturals Tomato, Vegetable and Herb Organic Based Fertiliser.
If you are looking to swap the turkey for Christmas pork this year, pair it with some freshly grown sage. This is another aromatic and flavoursome herb that is easy to care for, no matter the season. Make sure to plant your sage in a well-drained mix with a high organic content. You don’t need a large garden or balcony as sage can be grown indoors with a quality potting mix that has the Australian Standard red tick logo, meaning it has been manufactured to the highest Australian standards.
Mint is another great herb that doesn’t require too much love to thrive. It will take your homemade mint sauce to the next level and will perfectly complement roast lamb. For the best results place your mint in a spot that gets a good mixture of morning sun and afternoon shade. Make sure to plant your mint in a pot to stop it spreading throughout the garden and use a premium potting mix for optimum results.
From crispy roast potatoes to fresh garlic prawns, herb butter is a staple condiment that will perfectly pair with any Christmas meal. To make your butter pop, add some homegrown parsley for extra flavour. Make sure to grow this herb in a sunny area and avoid overwatering. Parsley grows quickly, so harvest it regularly to ensure it is ready for Christmas day.
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