I am in love with Pinterest. I love everything about Pinterest. I love the pin descriptions, I love the images, and I certainly love the recipes. (Not trying to brag, but I am pretty good at eating.) I have found so many delicious recipes on Pinterest, I feel like they were made just for me, or at least with me in mind. What I don’t love, however, is the need to run out to the store and drop almost 5 dollars on the “fresh” herbs that my latest pinned recipe calls for.
I started to feel victimized and taken advantage of by all of these “fresh” herbs, not to mention all the money I was spending on them. Things were starting to get out of control; I’m not Emeril for goodness sake. That’s when it dawned on me to grow my own herbs. If Wal-Mart could do it, why couldn’t I?
Living in an apartment, I do not have the responsibility (or luxury depending on your view) of running outside and tending my own garden. Because of this, I researched which herbs I could easily grow inside my apartment. Here’s a list of the top three that I came up with:
- Basil: Almost every pasta recipe I pin (and I pin a lot of pasta recipes) calls for fresh basil. (Raising basil requires little light, which is helpful in a small living space with limited access to sunlight.)
- Fennel: This herb adds a very strong and distinct flavor to your dishes. Let’s not forget about the pretty bonus – the bright yellow flowers! Also, they’re edible if you get hungry enough. (Fennel also requires little light.)
- Oregano: It almost seems mandatory that one out of every five recipes call for this herb. This is great news for me, because oregano is actually preferred dried out as opposed to fresh. Awesome! One less thing for me to remember to keep alive.
There you have it. If you are not lucky enough to have a personal chef or copious amounts of money, then give growing your own herbs a shot. You may find that, not only is it rewarding, it’s possibly easier than you may have originally thought.