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Satish
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Culinary herbs are probably the most important ingredient in any kitchen. Is it possible to imagine our food without these wonderful gifts of nature? Try thinking of your food without some herbs and you will surely stop taking them for granted. Now just for a moment imagine using fresh home grown herbs instead of the dried ones that you are currently using and your mouth will start watering on its own. The best part is that most herbs can be grown very easily both in containers or in the garden. To begin with I think it is important to put together a list of culinary herbs. I am sure we can never start with a complete list but we can always add more as we go along. To start such a list, I am giving below the herbs I can recollect and request all of you out there to add to this list. Once we have a reasonably exhaustive list I am sure GG will help with guidance (we have to keep the poor guy busy after all !) regarding when and how to grow what. So, here goes with the list:

Ginger, lemon grass, corriander, parsley, garlic, chives, fennel, turmeric, thyme, sage, oregano, majoran, rosemarie, basil, chillies, ginger & mint. I know there are many more but need your help to remember them ! After expanding the list with your help I intend to seek GG's help on everyone's behalf in putting up a guidance chart to grow these wonderful things. I am told that the success rate for growing herbs is likely to be very close to 100% even for amateurs like me. Imagine what a moral booster this could be for clumsy people like me ! Regards.

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Hi folks:

Considering that we Indians are probably the biggest consumers of culinary herbs, the lack of interest in growing them is really very surprising particularly considering that herbs are so easy to grow even in small pots. In any case, if any of you wishes to grow Chives, I have collected seeds from this year's 'harvest'. I will be happy to send them (FREE) to anyone requiring these. Just provide me your address. The sowing season for Chives is still a long way. You have to sow seeds only once. The bulbs also keep multiplying so you can gift plants to your friends also next year. Regards.

Satish

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April 13, 2011 - 1:41 pm

Black pepper and Vanilla. But can they be grown in a kitchen garden?

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April 13, 2011 - 1:43 pm

As far as I know(from my mom's experience) turmeric is not that easy either and just growing it wont do, you have to cure it etc. I can find out the exact procedure from my mom.

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April 13, 2011 - 9:12 pm

Hey, nice topic satish. I have a request, can u plz write the hindi name
of herbs along with english name. These all herbs grown in full
sunshine or they can also be grown indoor ?
If it is possible for you, then plz send cullinary ( choti pyaaz ) seeds to me. I will pm you.

1 more thing, is it possible to grow ginger plant through the ginger that we purchase from market ( subji mandi ) ?

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Amit, this is for you - http://www.indiacurry.com/Misc.....ossary.htm

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Hi every body

This is a very interesting topic and once GG puts another table in which we can put up recipes also, this topic will be very beneficial.

I have grown few herbs in my kitchen garden AND I AM VERY fond of my herbs. The list includes indian as well as continental.

If I can grow them in Gurgaon, it means any amateur gardener can grow in and around Delhi. My garden has

1.Hera Daniya

2. Pudina

3. Lemon Grass

4.Oregano

5.Parsley

6. Chives

7.Garlic

and my basil plant which was three years old, died in sever winters this year. If any body can please send me seeds of it.

Of course we have holy basil like any indian house for cough and cold.

Happy gardening

Smile

Green enthu

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AND I forgot to add bay leaf plant(my pride possession)

Green enthu

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AmitChugh said:

Hey, nice topic satish. I have a request, can u plz write the hindi name
of herbs along with english name. These all herbs grown in full
sunshine or they can also be grown indoor ?
If it is possible for you, then plz send cullinary ( choti pyaaz ) seeds to me. I will pm you.

1 more thing, is it possible to grow ginger plant through the ginger that we purchase from market ( subji mandi ) ?


Hi Amit,

Recently, we had ginger at home which wasnt used for sometime. Oneday, I had found it has sprouted out. I planted it and after 3 weeks now I could see a small ginger plant popping out.

Regards

sri.

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Satish - does one use the bulbs or the leaves in chives ? is it cooked or eaten raw ?

i think we can add celery, springonions, peppermint, carroway or carrom (ajwain), curry leaves, amba halad to the list.

enhumaali

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Satish - does one use the bulbs or the leaves in chives ? is it cooked or eaten raw ?

i think we can add celery, springonions, peppermint, carroway or carrom (ajwain), curry leaves, amba halad to the list.

enhumaali

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thanks shrikant, thats a great help for those whose english are poor just like me.

@SRI

whta medium you use to plant the ginger ? do you cut the piece or put the full big piece of ginger ?

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Hi enthumaali

Chives is quite a versatile herb. All parts of it can be used from bulb to flower, fresh or dried.

In indian cooking we use mostly bulb. I use them in samber and in okra vegetable. Samber looks incomplete without the pungent flavor and taste of it. In bhindi, I add it raw while putting bindi in pan for cooking and my family loves the sweetness of semi cooked chives. I add the leaves of it ,cut into fine pieces, in curd with fresh coriander and a wonderful refreshing raita is ready.

We also use chive leaves in soups, salads or any baked or grilled vegetable dish towards the end so that it maintains its flavor and crunchiness. Its flower is also used in similar way. You can also dry its leaves and store them. When fresh leaves are not available , these dried leaves can be crushed and used.

Now I can say happy gardening and happy cooking

Smile

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Thyme is available both in upright and prostrate forms, as well as in
variegated forms, so it really does double-duty as an ornamental as
well. It is a short-lived perennial, most often done in by too much
moisture.

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Hi Greenenthu:

Thanks for providing so many different ways of using chives. I never knew the bulbs are used too! Would it not be like using garlic?

If you permit me I would like to give a slight variation of the 'raita' recipe. Adding 'snipped' chives and salt to hung curd makes a wonderful bread-spread.  And before I forget, chives strewn on any salad don't only make it look better but also make it even more delectable. Try it on tomato salad, cucumber salad, potato salad and any other you can think of! I would also like to mention that it is recommended to very finely 'snip' chives with a sharp pair of scissors rather than cutting with a knife. Please don't ask me why! Regards.

Hi Vipin:

Could you please provide the sources of various forms of Thyme? Regards

Satish

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Hi folks:

With your assistance and inputs I have compiled the following list of popular herbs. Let us all now contribute to collect the various information required to successfully grow these: like the optimum time/temperature, method of growing etc. etc. I will be grateful for your inputs in this regard.

List of herbs
Amba halad
Basil
Carom (Ajwain)
Catnip
Celery
Chives
Cilantro
Cinnamon
Curry leaves
Dill
Fennel
Fenugreek
Galangal
Garlic
Ginger
Horseradish
Kalonji
Lavender
Leek
Lemon grass
Mace
Marjoram
Mint
Oregano
Parsley
Pepper (black)
Pepper (green/red)
Rosemary
Saffron
Sage
Tarragon
Thyme
Turmeric
Vanilla

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Hi Satish,

 

A great compilation by you....I have just started working on my kitchen garden have basic herbs planted already like Curry Leaves,  Mint Leaves, Basil ...want to add on few more to my garden.. if any one has seeds of the below listed herbs... ?

Celery,

Chives

Oregano

Parsley

Thyme

Rosemary

 

Luv,

Saket

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Hi Saket:

Please send me your address as a PM. I will send you some seeds of chives. But please take care to sow them only just before the onset of winter. Ideal temperature would be around 20 degrees C. I suggest you sow them in a container like a flower pot. This will enable you to move it to a 'cooler' spot in summers. The bulbs will keep multiplying and you can 're-pot' them after a season or two.

Where did you get the seeds for Oregano, Thyme & Rosemary?

Regards

Satish

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Satish said:

Hi Saket:

Please send me your address as a PM. I will send you some seeds of chives. But please take care to sow them only just before the onset of winter. Ideal temperature would be around 20 degrees C. I suggest you sow them in a container like a flower pot. This will enable you to move it to a 'cooler' spot in summers. The bulbs will keep multiplying and you can 're-pot' them after a season or two.

Where did you get the seeds for Oregano, Thyme & Rosemary?

Regards

Satish


Hi Satish,

 

Is it possible for you to send some of the chives seeds to me in Mumbai?

Thanks n Regards

Shaheen

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HI!

 

I bought sweet basil, oregano and rosemary seeds from suttons. the basil is growing well. i have just sown oregano, rosemary is still in the pack. i have lots of excess seeds of oregano and sweet basil. so if any one needs that, let me know. i also have rosemary seeds but the pack contains only 90 seeds, so i cant send more than 5-6 seeds to a person.

 

well, 90 seems only when basil pack has 600 seeds and oregano has 1200 seeds..

 

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