Cooking with herbs


Herb of the Year for 2023 is Ginger!

From sweet to savory, ginger root adds flavour to nearly any dish as well has providing you with incredible health properties.

Use ginger in gingersnap cookies, soups, stirfrys, grilled pork, ginger cashew chicken salad, and many noodle dishes or try candied ginger!

Herb of the Year for 2022 is Viola!

Viola– Pansy/Violet

Pansy Salad

This simple arugula salad is a fun and colorful way to use edible flowers Author Sue Morgan


  • 6 cups baby arugula
  • 1 apple very thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/4 red onion very thinly sliced
  • handful of assorted fresh herbs such as basil oregano, thyme, leaves only
  • 1-2 ounces creamy goat cheese use crushed pistachios for vegan
  • pansies stems removed


  • juice of 1 blood orange about 1/4 cup
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp champagne vinegar or other mild white vinegar
  • pinch salt


  • Whisk together the vinaigrette, adjusting any of the ingredients to your taste.
  • Pile the greens into a wide salad bowl.
  • Peel and shave the carrot into thin strips using a vegetable peeler. Add to the greens along with the apple slices, onion, and herbs. Toss. with the dressing and garnish the salad with crumbles of goat cheese and the pansies. Serve immediately.

Parsley – 2021 Herb of the Year

Photo by Chandan Chaurasia

One of the most common and versatile herbs used in Western cooking, parsley has a light peppery flavor that complements other seasonings. It’s most often used in sauces, salads and sprinkled over dishes at the end of cooking for a flash of green and a fresh taste. Flat-leaf or Italian parsley is most common, but don’t overlook curly parsley – best used in tabbouleh.