What herb or herb variety do you grow that you wished restaurants would use


Galadhwen

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Lemon balm all the way for me. It's a member of the mint family and tastes like the piney lovechild of lemon, oregano, and sage. Great fresh or lightly cooked. I enjoy it in sandwiches with a mild cheese like havarti, or fried with eggs & mozzerella & garlic salt. I recently tried it in a basil pesto & it didn't really do much for it--but then it was in a flowering cycle, which diminishes the pop of the flavor.
 
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Yes, I love the Vietnamese Pho with the available add in aromatic vegetables and herbs, especially lots of the Thai basil. A little fresh basil sprinkled on a margherita pizza is a wonderful addition. One place here in my town used to serve a Bacon, Lettuce and tomato sandwich with fresh basil available, plus some good balsamic vinegar and fresh mozzarella. Wow, it was delicious.

Basil isn’t the only herb I wish was more readily available as an add in. Fresh parsley is great on so many things like a rich or creamy pasta dish such as Carbonara. A little extra parsley on the side with many dishes wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all. Fresh crushed Spearmint greatly improves a Moscow Mule. An available gremolata made with parsley or fresh rosemary compliments heavy and rich braised meat dishes.

I grow some herbs and use them fresh almost daily. Last year, I grew Thai, sweet, and a purple basil. We ended up liking the Purple basil the most with caprese salad. Our sweet basil became too pungent and spicy with the hot weather. This year, I put in an Italian Basil, Cardinal Basil, and a Pesto Perpetuo variety. The plan is to use them with fresh tomatoes from the garden.
 

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