Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a rewarding activity, but it is time-consuming to do properly. There are other options, however, which will add a lot of flavours to your cooking and for far less effort. In this article, I’m going to take a look at how to grow four different kinds of plants that are easy to maintain, but great for adding to your cooking. They will all last for long periods of the year, and will infuse your food with flavour at every meal time. Let’s take a look at these four amazing foodstuffs right away.
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Even if you don’t do spicy food, chillies can add a the subtlest of spicy kicks to any food. And, once you get started on the addictive chilli-growing train, you will soon get to know how much to use each and every time. Chillies fair batter in the warmer climates, but you can grow them wherever you are in the world. However, you might need some equipment to grow from seed. Think about getting a windowsill propagator to help them get going. You can plant them in the New Year and they will be ready, ripe, and juicy by the summer.
Raspberries are simple to grow and take very little looking after. The amount of fruit that you can get from just a couple of raspberry plants is quite remarkable, and should last you all the way through summer and into the middle of autumn. I love to use raspberries in almost any dessert going. There isn’t much that they don’t compliment. And when you pick them from your back garden, they are never tastier. They also go well with ice cream. Serve them up to your partner to round off a nice, romantic dinner.
Herbs are incredibly easy to grow and are an essential part of making your homemade food taste amazing. All you need to do is one of two things. First, you can just buy herb plants from your local store and re-pot them. They look great on your windowsill, inside or out. Alternatively, you can grow them in your garden from seed or the pot. Growing basil is the easiest of the lot, but rosemary, thyme and mint are also garden classics. They will also give off a lovely smell at certain times of the year.
No, that wasn’t a typo. Stinging nettles are packed full of nutrients and contain even more vitamins and minerals than broccoli or spinach. They are also very tasty with a very distinctive taste that can be used to create interesting dishes on their own or for added flavour. The taste is quite similar to typical greens, but with a definite fizz to the mouth that is perfect for boosting limp veggie meals. As we all know, are hardy plants that last for much of the year. However, it is best to pick them during March and April for the best flavours. You’ll need to cover yourself up to avoid stinging, but as soon as they are boiling in water they will be sting-free.
So, there are four foods that are easy to grow and that we think will compliment any meal. Have any other ideas? Let us know!