Aromatic Plants – Perfect Marriages

Aromatic Plants – Perfect Marriages
15/01/2015 Margarida Moreira

When we started growing herbs, be careful! It can be addictive! -Luís Alves, “Cantinho das Aromáticas”

Almost all aromatic plant species have several uses:

Decorate and perfume the gardens, balconies or windows: Are often used in interior architecture and landscaping outdoor spaces.

Medicinal: Herbal Medicine – Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Roman and Greek medicine, phytotherapy, naturopathy…

Flavor many culinary dishes: there are countries worldwide recognized by the use of spices and herbs (aromatic plants), in particular, India and Morocco.

Herbal tea, tea and tisane for health and pleasure: The tradition of drinking tea began in China with the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC to 1046 BC) and was used and recommended for medical issues.

Essential oil and incense: The essential oil is used in pharmacology, cosmetics, culinary or as a therapeutic – aromatherapy. The incense, when burned, releases aromatic smoke. It is present in many religious ceremonies, meditation venues and in aromatherapy. It is also used as a repellent.

Each species, awakens the palate different notes and a variety of sensory experiences to provide to the consumer, especially when well combined. At the suggestion of the chef Patrícia Vilela (“Forking Amazing“) some plants make happy marriages:

  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): eggs, cheese, game (hunting) meat and pineapple…
  • Chives (Allium schoenoprasum): fish, cheese, seafood, yogurt…
  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum): eggs, cheese, fish, leguminoses, tubers…
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare): fish, seafood, pork, legumes…
  • Mints (Mentha spp.): white meat, gringela, cereals, berries…
  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum): olives, tomato, pasta…
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare): mushrooms, white meat, peppers…
  • Parsley (Petroselinum sp.): seafood, fish, mushrooms, rice…
  • Thyme (Thymus spp.): onions, tubers, mushrooms…

It is up to each person to find the favorite flavor and venture out between the pots and the pans…

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