Chefs, Home, LifeKatie O'Connor

The Essential Guide to Winter Herbs

Chefs, Home, LifeKatie O'Connor
The Essential Guide to Winter Herbs

Missing your beautiful garden during these bone-chilling winter months?

Good news is you don’t have to! This is your chance to perfect your indoor gardening skills, and make your kitchen and recipes come alive with winter-friendly herbs.

But not all herbs are created equal. Some greens rely on warmer conditions, while others can stand the cold indoors. Let's take a look at some star herbs you can use to bring back fresh garden feels during the frosty season.

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Rosemary is winter herb royalty. From replacing sugar for added dimension in sweet to mild sauces and relishes, this culinary herb goes with just about everything in the kitchen this time of year.

Start your indoor harvest with a go-to winter-green.This hard-stemmed herb is sturdy enough to defend itself against icy temperatures and pungent enough to pair with other strong flavors and hearty meats. 

When growing rosemary indoors, be sure to have a brightly-lit spot saved in a cool, moist environment. A garage where the temp doesn't drop below freezing also works (given there is plenty of light or supplemental light provided).

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Pass the parsley, please! Did you know there are two types of this uber leafy herb? Curly leaf parsley is less tough, and perfectly suited for fine-chopping. While flat parsley has a more pungent, robust flavor, and should be treated as a seasoning or garnish.

Parsley has so much flavor and plate personality. Its bitterness pairs beautifully with zesty oranges as featured in this gently tossed salad. Not to mention that growing this hardy biennial is fairly simple. Keep the soil lightly moist, and watch so the roots don’t sit in water by draining every so often.

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Though this soft, woody perennial is not as winter-growing friendly, oregano flavors are a must this season. Oregano is a bold and gutsy winter herb that just loves the attention. Potatoes and artichokes have earthy, firm textures and flavors, and when roasted with fresh herbs like oregano, are taken to a whole new level. 

You can actually freeze the leaves from your spring harvest to use during the winter. They store well and are easily dried when kept in an airtight container. If you do decide to grow fresh oregano, find the corner window with the best light. At least eight hours of bright light (artificial or natural) should do the trick and plenty of opportunity for clean water drainage should do the trick!

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Relaxing with lemongrass tea is wonderful on winter days, but have you tried growing this amazing herb indoors? It’s easy, productive, *obviously* smells amazing, and is downright delicious. Lemongrass is a favored herb in many Southeast Asian cuisines, praised for its delicate, lemony notes. 

When growing, harvest this stalk-y green frequently, as it encourages and helps new growth, and keep your lemongrass pots in full sun and water/fertilize often.

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Be on tarragon the world with this next winter herb! Though this green is only half hardy and doesn’t perform as well as its herb counterparts this time of year, its bittersweet, distinctive flavor comes in handy for the season. 

This aromatic herb is fairly bittersweet with an anise flavoring, making it wonderful for protein-heavy, meat-focused dishes. Like parsley, there are two types of tarragon: French (popular preference, dedicate and balanced flavors) and Russian (can be more harsh-tasting and less aromatic).

Be sure to provide tarragon with plenty of light (6-8 hours) and don’t overwater when growing inside.


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