Do you have a green thumb? You might after reading today’s blog! Here at Stone Creek, your premier Fort Collins apartments, we always encourage our renters to make their rented space feel like a home. One of the best ways to do that is by growing herbs that you can use in cooking and baking. Some of the most common herbs are actually incredibly easy to grow and do great indoors year-round.
Below, read about some of the best herbs to grow in an apartment and learn how to use them when cooking
9 Herbs To Grow In Your Apartment
Basil thrives on a sunny windowsill and is incredibly versatile. You can add fresh basil to pasta or pizza or use it with egg dishes. Basil is also essential for homemade pesto sauce. You can even use basil to make desserts and beverages! Strawberry basil lemonade is always delicious and basil ice cream can be incredibly refreshing.
Chives are surprisingly easy to grow indoors. Chives can be used liberally in a number of dishes, as well as for garnishing. These tiny onions can be used in soups, eggs, dips, potatoes, sauces, and just about anything else.
Fresh rosemary adds incredible flavor to chicken and steak dishes. You can also sprinkle some over your roasted potatoes, use it to bake a savory bread, add it to lemonade, or make tea with it.
Mint plants have a habit of growing like crazy. Mint can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, or you can just grab a leaf and eat it if you want! With fresh mint grown in your Fort Collins apartment, you can make a homemade mint tea to aid in digestion, chop it up and toss it on a salad, make homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream, add it to your watermelon, or toss a few leaves in with your lemon water for extra flavor. Of course, mojitos are also an option.
Parsley is often used as a garnish but it can do so much more than just sit on the side of a plate. Fresh parsley grown in your apartment windowsill can be used to make chimichurri sauce, added to a quiche, used in pesto sauce, and added as an additional herb to pasta or meat dishes.
Dill is from the same family as parsley and can be used in similar ways. It has a very distinct flavor and is most often paired with fish or potatoes, but can be used in just about any dish. Dill and lemon or dill and mustard are two popular combinations and, of course, dill can be used for making homemade pickles.
People either love or hate cilantro. In fact, some people have certain olfactory receptors that make cilantro taste like soap! However, if you’re someone who loves cilantro, this is an easy herb to grow in your Fort Collins apartment. Cilantro can be used to make fresh guacamole or salsa and is a great topper for Mexican food. Cilantro also tastes great on potatoes, in eggs, and with fish.
Thyme is an excellent herb for cooking savory dishes like chicken or roasted vegetables. You can’t go wrong pairing thyme with lemon or garlic when cooking pasta, baking bread, or roasting potatoes. Luckily, this is another easy herb to grow in your apartment!
Oregano is another great herb for savory dishes. Use oregano to flavor your Italian dishes like pizza or pasta, or use it to spruce up your chicken or potatoes. Oregano is also a great addition to herb butter that can be used on rolls or to top steak or fish.
Make Our Fort Collins Apartments Your Home
Just because you’re in an apartment, doesn’t mean you can’t start a small garden. Our Fort Collins apartments are the perfect place to test out your green thumb. Just be sure to place your herbs on a sunny windowsill or utilize grow lights if you aren’t receiving enough daylight. You can use your fresh herbs as you cook in your luxury kitchen, making a simple apartment feel like a home.
If you have any questions about living in our apartment units, just give us a call! We would be happy to schedule a tour, discuss available units, and answer any questions you might have.