Imagine the delicate fragrance of French herbs growing in your AeroGarden unit on your kitchen bench. Growing French herbs successfully in the AeroGarden is so easy.
Fresh French herbs are a cooks delight and will send your taste buds asking for more. Chives, Chervil, Savory, French Sorrel, Sage, Parsley, and Tarragon, are just a few of the beautiful herbs for your kitchen using your AeroGarden.
Your French herbs will delight your family and guests when you add them to your home-cooked meals, salads, soups or juices. I’ve heard many chefs say that the best way to add fresh herbs to your cooking is right at the end for flavouring and medicinal benefits.
Benefits of French Herbs
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I often add basil to my pizzas because it adds a beautiful aromatic flavour that is quite peppery. Basil is exceptionally rich in polyphenols which claims to prevent chronic diseases and reduce the stress that can cause cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and mental health.
Basil has beneficial vitamins such as Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin K and minerals.
Chives have a delicate onion taste and are an ideal accompaniment to scrambled eggs. The benefit of adding chives to your meals is the nutritional value: Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin A, Calcium and potassium.
Chives are claimed to reduce the risk of cancer, help with sleep and mood, eye health, inflammation,
Leaves, dried flowers are used to make medicine for
- Fluid retention
- High blood pressure
- Skin condition
Chervil contains calcium and potassium. You can add Chervil to your juicer and recipes
The benefit of Sage helps improve brain function and memory because it is full of healthy nutrients and aids in fighting inflammation and damaged cells in your body.
Health benefits include Alzheimer’s, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and inflammation.
Nutritional values of Sage include magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, folate, beta-carotene, vitamin A and K.
The Leaves of Savory have two distinct benefits Carvacrol and Thymol, which fights against a range of Bacillus cereus and E. coli strains. It’s claimed the plant’s leaves also have antiseptic and antifungal properties to protect the human body from a range of fungal infections; anti-inflammatory lowers bad cholesterol and boosts good cholesterol.
Sorrel, the herb, should not be mistaken for Roselle, Jamaican or Guinea Sorrel.
The benefits of Sorrel for medicinal purposes:
- Reduces pain
- Lowers inflammation of the nasal passages
- It helps to lessen respiratory tract
- Treating bacterial infections
- Be used as a diuretic
- An ingredient for herbal treatment in fighting cancer
Sorrel contains Vitamin A, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Parsley can have a sweet taste that has an earthy flavour. One cup of parsley will provide the human body with plenty of vitamin K. It is rich in myricetin (Flavonoid).
Adding Tarragon at the end of your cooking or salads will provide you with beneficial nutrients of magnesium, iron and zinc.
Types of French Herbs that can be grown in your AeroGarden
- Chervil prefers to grow in cool temperatures, and it can be grown in your AeroGarden. It has a delicate scent and grows quite well indoors. As Chervil grows, keep it trimmed to help make the plant busier and shape to make it more attractive; it will help slow the process of the plant bolting.
- Sorrel is relatively easy to grow and add to your salads and soups. There is also a red-veined sorrel variety. Sorrel can also be transplanted out in the garden. I planted my red-veined Sorrel outside after growing it in the aerogarden, and it keeps on producing more leaves.
- French Basil, also known as Marseille Basil, is “Queen of fragrance”. A small plant with large leaves, sturdy growth, you will be able to harvest it for several months or more.
- Parsley is an excellent herb to grow in your AeroGarden, which you can then transplant to a garden pot or in the veggie patch as it produces much more prominent. Parsley is best included or served as a dressing at the end of your cooking time.
- Sage is an excellent flavour for food. Sage does not grow as quick in the AeroGarden as other herbs. It does require the grow lights to remain low while getting established, and as it grows, you will be able to raise the light higher.
- Chives are long and slender that has a mild onion smell and flavour. They are slow to grow in the AeroGarden. Yes, they take a while to germinate, and they grow very slowly in the beginning. Chives need light to grow successfully, so you will need to prune back the taller plants so that chives receive more light. In addition, it is crucial to keep the light hood on the lowest setting until your chives start to grow and become stronger. If you raise your light because basil or dill have grown too fast, your dill will stop thriving and become weak looking.
- Savoury comes in a range of varieties. Some have a hint of flavour, mint and rosemary. You can grow Savoury in your AeroGarden all year round.
There are two types of Savoury winter and summer.
The Winter savoury is a perennial that spreads and can grow 6 to 12 inches high. They have dark green leaves that are narrow. The taste is between sage and pine, much more pungent than the summer variety.
Summer Savory is an annual that is a low growing variety “related to rosemary and thyme”. Its taste can be hot, peppery with a hint of marjoram, mint and thyme.
It can grow much taller than the winter Savory, about 12 to 18 inches and has thick stems covered with dark green leaves. It produces flowers that are small with colours of white, pink or lilac. Seeds are collected after the blooms.
French Herbs that cannot be grown successfully in the AeroGarden
French Tarragon is quite difficult to grow from seed and can grow from cuttings. Mexican Tarragon can be grown from seed and has a peppery taste like anise.
The Most Popular French Herbs for your kitchen
- Thyme has a minty flavour
What did the AeroGarden French Herb Kit include?
- You get to choose from 25 different herb varieties
- Liquid Nutrient plant food that is specially made and patented
- Grow domes that act as a greenhouse, so your seeds germinate
- Step by Step growing instructions guide
Where can I buy the AeroGarden French herb kits?
French Herb Sered kits were once available from Lowe’s online; however, they no longer stock them.
You can purchase a custom herb seed pod kit from AeroGarden by creating your blend of herbs. Your custom kit will contain everything that you need to grow in any of their AeroGardens units.
The time range for seeds to germinate is within 7-14 days, and harvesting is from 4-6 weeks. Your beautiful herbs will continue to grow for six months or longer.
I have often transplanted my herbs out into the garden, and they have continued to grow much longer.
Put an example of my parsley.
What are the benefits of growing French herbs in my AeroGarden
Besides the health benefits and culinary benefits, AeroGarden
- select seeds are tested for maximum growth, flavour, colour and yield
- Guaranteed Non-GMO seeds, herbicide and pesticide-free
- Germination Guarantee 100% and if your seed pod doesn’t germinate, AeroGarden will replace it for free
- AeroGarden’s uses pure Canadian Sphagnum Peat for their pre-seeded pods
- Soil-free, no-mess, indoor gardening all year round
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Have I got your taste buds going? Are you ready to grow your French herbs successfully in Your AeroGarden?
Adding fresh French herbs to your recipes will delight your family and guests. Also, having your aerogarden on display in the kitchen will be a talking point for your visitors, especially when you show them how sprinkling fresh herbs added to home-cooked food has many medicinal and vitamin properties for the human body.
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Medical Journal of Australia (MJA): Health benefits of herbs and spices: the past, the present, the future