5 aromatic plants to cultivate at home for exotic recipes and cocktails

5 aromatic plants to cultivate at home for exotic recipes and cocktails

Growing aromatic plants at home for your exotic recipes: which ones to choose? 

Our well-being starts with the food we eat and the environment we live in. Cultivating aromatic plants at home can enhance our physical and mental well-being and enrich our recipes with exotic flavors. In this article, we will discover the five aromatic herbs you can grow at home to experience exotic tastes and their health benefits.

5 aromatic herbs from your balcony to your kitchen

Aromatic plants, including exotic herbs, are a valuable addition to your home garden. Growing these herbs at home or on your balcony is a simple way to add an exotic touch to your cooking and reap health benefits. Not only can they be used to flavor both simple and complex dishes, but they can also be used to create homemade cocktails that are fresh, spicy, and unique.

Let's explore them together!

1) Pineapple sage

Salvia Ananas

Pineapple Sage is an aromatic plant with sweet and fragrant leaves, reminiscent of pineapple. In addition to its delightful taste, Pineapple Sage offers health benefits such as antioxidant and digestive properties. Moreover, it can help reduce stress and promote relaxation with its pleasant aroma. It's perfect for flavoring refreshing drinks, cocktails, and desserts.

Recipe: Pineapple and sage cocktail  

5 leaves of Pineapple Sage
60 ml of white rum
120 ml of pineapple juice
Pineapple Sage leaves for garnish

2) Korean mint

 Menta Coreana 

Korean Mint is a variety of aromatic herb with a slightly spicy and pungent flavor. This herb, with its distinctive mint and anise aroma, is a crucial spice in Korean cuisine. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and digestive properties, Korean Mint contributes to our well-being. It can also help improve concentration and mental energy. It can be used in Asian recipes, salads, and teas.

Recipe: Salad with Korean mint and cucumber

1 bunch of Korean Mint
2 thinly sliced cucumbers
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 minced garlic clove
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

3) Greek basil 

Basilico Greco

Greek Basil is an aromatic plant with sweet and spicy-flavored leaves. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, Greek Basil is beneficial for our health and can help combat mental fatigue. It's perfect for flavoring Mediterranean dishes, sauces, and salads.

Recipe: Greek Basil and Tomato Bruschetta

1 sliced baguette
2 ripe tomatoes, cubed
1 bunch of chopped Greek Basil
2 minced garlic cloves
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

4) Habanero chili 

Peperoncino Habanero

Habanero Chili is a hot chili pepper native to Central America, particularly the Yucatán Peninsula. Rich in vitamin C and capsaicin, it can improve blood circulation and boost metabolism. Furthermore, chili peppers can help reduce stress and increase the production of endorphins, enhancing mood. Use it sparingly to add some spice to sauces, marinades, and exotic dishes.

Recipe: Habanero and mango sauce

2 finely chopped habanero chilies
1 ripe mango, cubed
1 chopped red onion
1 minced garlic clove
Juice of 1 lime
Chopped fresh coriander
Salt and pepper

5) Coriander 


Coriander is an herb with fresh and slightly pungent leaves. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, coriander can help improve digestion and strengthen the immune system. Additionally, its fresh aroma can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. It is a common ingredient in Asian and Latin American cuisines, perfect for flavoring soups, curries, and sauces.

Recipe: Coriander guacamole

2 ripe avocados
1 chopped tomato
1/4 chopped onion
1 bunch of chopped coriander
1 chopped jalapeño pepper
juice of 1 lime
salt and pepper

    The benefits of aromatic herbs for your mental health

    Donna annusa pianta benessere

    In addition to the health benefits of consuming these plants, cultivating them at home can have a positive impact on your mental health through direct contact with nature and the satisfaction of caring for your plants. Recent studies, such as the one published in the "Environment International" journal in 2021 and another study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology in 2020, show that contact with nature and plant care can reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

    Km0 aromatic herbs respecting environment 

    Uomo si prende cura della terra

    Growing these five aromatic plants at home means opening up a world of exotic flavors at zero kilometers, reducing your ecological footprint. Urban farming and home plant cultivation offer numerous advantages, such as decreasing dependence on imported products, improving air quality, and increasing food self-sufficiency. Furthermore, it contributes to the creation of greener and more resilient communities.

    We hope to have inspired you with this shortlist of aromatic plants that you can easily cultivate at home. Growing plants at home is a practical and rewarding way to enhance your well-being and promote a sustainable and responsible lifestyle. Start today and discover how these plants can enrich your homemade recipes and improve your well-being.

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