Fresh Herbs 101
- If you have your own garden, gather herbs just before using them.
- When buying precut herbs, select those with tightly packed leaves. Avoid wilted, yellowed or bruised leaves and soft stems.
- Cut herbs with a sharp chef’s knife so as not to bruise the leaves.
- Add herbs with tough leaves (thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage) at any point during cooking; flavors will be mellower when herbs are added at the beginning, brighter when they are added at the end.
- Add herbs with soft leaves (cilantro, mint, tarragon, parsley, basil, chervil) toward the end of cooking.
- Be generous; the flavors of fresh herbs are not as concentrated as those of dried, so more is usually better.