Republished from my blog Gardeningbytes.com.
Herbs look great in the garden as companion plants and are wonderful used in cooking and desserts. Basil is used primarily in Italian cooking, perfect for pesto and tomato sauces. Oniony chives and dill are often used in cold potato and pasta salads. Fennel is used raw or cooked in Italian dishes. Marjoram and oregano work best in Italian and Mexican dishes. Rosemary is wonderful paired with beef or used to flavor roasted potatoes. Tarragon and sage are often used with chicken, while bay and thyme can be used for meats, stews, and soups. Mint and lavender can be used in various ways for desserts, with lavender used lightly and mostly for flavoring. Parsley is a universal flavoring used for many dishes, used hot, cold, or even in salads. One of the most important herbs is garlic, which is used in almost all cuisines.