Super Summer Seasonings
For many of us, summer means spending more time in the warm weather. But it doesn’t have to be all fun and games outside—you can also be productive while enjoying the sun, and further your foodie adventures! How about taking advantage of the heat by planting a summer herb garden?
Many garden herbs thrive under the summer sun. Herbs like basil, cilantro, oregano, and rosemary make a wonderful complement to any garden, thanks to their versatility and fragrance. Plus they’re easy to grow!
Basil loves to grow wherever there’s plenty of sunshine, so don’t be shy about planting it in your garden. It will sprout up like a weed, up to 18 inches tall! When you pick leaves, start with the smaller leaves at the top, and be careful to take leaves sparingly so the plant can recover. As a last-minute addition to meat or marinara sauce, fresh basil adds a flavorful “pop” that can’t be achieved by its dried counterpart.
Cilantro is great to have on hand for summer salsas or to add zest to barbecued salmon or chicken. To plant cilantro, choose a cooler area of the garden and watch it thrive. All parts of the plant are edible, from root to leaf. As summer goes on and intensifies, cilantro will run its life cycle, flower, and drop seeds, which can be harvested and ground into coriander, or planted in late summer for the next batch of plants.
Who knew oregano could grow up to 2 feet tall? Like basil, oregano likes sun, so be sure to give it a good spot in the garden. You can also pick the leaves often enough to prevent the plant from flowering, but be careful not to overdo it. Fresh oregano goes great in many sauces, including pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, and tzatziki sauce, as well as many salad dressings.
The bushy rosemary not only looks and smells great in the garden, but it makes an amazing addition to chicken, lamb, even infused oils. Rosemary grows best in full sun, but beware of how tall it can get—between 3 and 6 feet! To harvest, pull out your trust Kyocera advanced ceramic utility knife. Cut stems until you have as many leaves as you need. You can cook with the whole stems or just the leaves.
Did you know the Kyocera utility knife is as versatile as these summer spices? Our 4.5-inch and 5-inch utility knives come with a white or black blade, in six choices of handle colors to suit any kitchen décor. But they’re as functional as they are attractive. This mid-size knife tackles tasks too large for a paring knife but too small for a chef’s knife, such as slicing lunch meats and larger vegetables. The 5-inch serrated blade in our Revolution Series also doubles as a tomato knife, slicing through fleshy tomatoes with the greatest of ease. This truly is a utility tool among knives! For more about our knives and to find great summer recipes, visit our website.