A Lineage Guide: Hardy Spring Herbs

As we witness a changeover of seasons, from the chilled winter into the fresh promise of spring, our desire grows to throw open our windows to allow the brisk breeze to freshen our perspective. Undeniably, Spring is a season of renewal. The perennial buds begin to bloom and many restore their homes in preparation for nicer weather. 

While nature comes to life all around us, we are drawn to the delicate tastes of fresh herbs to incorporate into our daily meals. Of course, the freshest herbs are the ones grown in our own gardens, on our balconies or even in our indoor herb garden. 

Today on the blog we’ve compiled a list of hardy herbs that you can plant this spring that are able to withstand the straggling chilly mornings. Read on and leave us a comment letting us know what herb you’re planting this spring!

Cilantro

Cilantro

Cilantro is one of those love-it-or-hate-it herbs, but we’ve always been a fan, especially when it’s harvested fresh from our garden. Perfect for the cool springtime mornings, cilantro thrives in a chillier climate and will quickly sprout leafy stalks perfect for your next meal. The versatility of cilantro lends itself to stir-frys, tacos and guacamole. If you’re craving the freshness of cilantro with a bit of a zip, whip up a batch of this delicious Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing from Love and Lemons for your next bed of leafy greens.

Basil on pizza

Basil

Basil is one that shouldn’t be put outside before the last frost, but if you want to get a head start on this hardy herb, plant the seeds indoors a month before. Once you’re certain summer is here to stay, bring your basil to a sunny patch in your garden or balcony and let it grow, grow, grow. Harvest early and often for an abundance of fresh herbs that are incredible in pastas, pizzas, or to dry and freeze for the winter season. We pride ourselves on being connoisseurs of a good slice of za, and this Pesto Pizza with fresh mozzarella & tomatoes is a personal favourite.

Chicken and lemongrass dip

Lemongrass

Lemongrass instantly transports us back in time - the lemony scent lingers in our memories. Adding a few lemongrass seeds to your spring garden is no mistake as you’ll be able to incorporate this citrusy herb into soups and Thai stir-frys. When used for cooking, fresh lemongrass is usually preferred to dried as the flavour profiles tend to be more complex and bright in a fresh stalk. When your fresh lemongrass is ready for harvest, fire up the grill, and bring this herb to life with a Grilled Chicken with Lemongrass Sauce recipe from Bon Appetit  that is sure to delight every meatatarian in your life.

Cocktail with mint garnish

Mint

Mint is an easy herb to grow, and can be utilized in many different ways throughout your kitchen. It adds a fruity, aromatic flavor to teas, desserts and cocktails alike, and its fresh profile brings that spring vibe in abundance. We love incorporating some fresh mint into this delicious Mint Julep recipe from A Couple of Cooks. As an added bonus, our Tumbler Cups are the perfect vessel to keep this cocktail fresh and ice cold all evening.

Salmon with dill

Dill

Dill is one of those herbs that thrives in cool spring soil, which makes it a perfect addition to your garden. Of course there is so much more to dill than pickles - incorporated into tzatziki, omelets & our favourite - a tangy dill sauce over a fresh piece of salmon. This Salmon with Dill Sauce Lemon Risotto from Taste of Home is our current obsession, and we’re not sorry. What can we say, it’s a big dill.

We hope this list has inspired you to invest in some soil and a few pots to begin the spring herb garden of your dreams. Go the full mile and grab one of our full Coupe Serving Sets to round out your handsome herby creations. The greenery of the herbs will pop against our Marshmallow White glaze, or even our brand-new Blue Collection, but we know any of our glazes will be the perfect fit for your cuisines and cupboards. Trust us, your spring spreads will thank you.

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