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Practical tips for herbs and spices

Herb cuisine and herb pillows

Here is a collection of tips on using South Tyrolean herbs and spices. They cover not only kitchen use, but also methods of increasing your well-being with herbal infusions, herb teas and herb pillows.

Seasoning in the kitchen – a never-ending game

  • Herbs can be used both fresh and dried for cooking.
  • Herbs and spices are excellent for seasoning meat dishes, soups, salads and cheese dishes.
  • They can be used to spice up both meals and drinks.
  • Seasoning with herbs means that you can reduce your salt intake.

How can you use each herb or spice?

  • Tarragon: adds flavor to vinegar and mustard; used to season poultry, cooked fish and meat
  • Savory: can be used instead of pepper, goes with meat, pulses, cabbage dishes, fried potatoes and potato salad
  • Bergamot: use the leaves and flowers for infusions
  • Mints: infuse with water, lemon and sugar for a refreshing drink; use the flowers to season vegetables, pasta dishes, fish, pork and chicken
  • Lovage: the leaves taste like celery but are sharper and more bitter.
  • Oregano: is very important in Italian cuisine. Used for pizza, Italian sauces, tomato dishes, lamb and vegetable dishes
  • Rosemary: ideal with meat and potatoes. Insider tip: mix rosemary with apples
  • Fenugreek or clover: typical bread seasoning for “Vinschger Paarl” (bread rolls baked in pairs), “Schüttelbrot” (rye flatbread), rye breads; also used to season spreads made of cream cheese, quark, cheese dishes, eggs and potatoes
  • You can have various herb mixtures made up according to your requirements.

The best way to store herbs

  •  Ideally the herbs should be kept in their protective packaging after they have been opened. 
  •  Keep herbs and spices in a dry place away from light and protect from moisture.
  •  Dried herbs are ideal for use in winter.

Not just for seasoning!

  •  Herbs can also be used for infusions and teas.
  •  Herb tea recipe: 1 dessertspoon of herbs and ¼ l hot water (80°C), allow to steep for 5 minutes
  •  Herb pillows are easy to make: use a cotton or linen cushion cover measuring 30x30 cm which can be closed with a zip; replace the herbs after max. 1 year. 
  •  Lavender, sage, anise, thyme and hops all have a calming effect
  •  Rosemary and mint are revitalizing
Tip: using herbs for drinks
They can be used to spice up both meals and drinks.
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