Everyone knows that a sprinkle of fresh herbs turns that ordinary family dinner into something extraordinary. But did you know that fresh herbs have a high antioxidant activity? According to a US Department of Agriculture study, fresh herbs, in particular oregano, beat out fruits, vegetables, and even garlic!
All those pizza lovers with be thrilled to hear that one tablespoon of fresh oregano has the same antioxidant compound level as a medium apple. Other familiar favorites with high rankings were dill, thyme, rosemary and peppermint. So go ahead and add some more flavor to your food! It is good for you!
Don’t hesitate to substitute fresh herbs into a recipe that calls for dried. The rule of thumb is to substitute 3 fresh for every 1 dried.
Flies on your food? Place a sprig of basil in the bowl to send them away.
Did you add one clove too many? Parsley can be used to help balance a dish that is too garlicky. (It is also known as a breath freshener.)