How well do you know the names of the fresh herbs? Many herbs look quite similar, so it’s easy to be confused. This visual guide to herb identification makes identifying fresh herbs a snap.
Herb Identification – Do you know your herbs?
Most people know the names of a few fresh herbs that are most commonly used in recipes. Basil and rosemary have quite a distinctive look so it’s easy to remember what they are.
However, many other herbs have a very similar leaf structure, especially if the plant is not too developed. This can make it hard to identify the plant you have in front of you.
I can’t tell you how many times I have come back from a shopping trip with a bunch of cilantro, thinking that I had picked up flat leaf parsley parsley. These two herbs may look similar but have a very different taste when used in recipes.so it pays to know what you are buying.
Another herb that has a look alike cousin is oregano. Look at the marjoram leaves in the picture above. Can you see how easily it would be to get confused between the two?
Herb Gardening Information
I am in the process of writing several articles that give information on how to grow and use the various herbs in the photo above above. Be sure to check back often to see more posts.
Just click on any of the photos or links below to find out more about that fresh herb.
If you have always used dried herbs and spices then you are probably lost when it comes to trying to identifying herbs. This handy herb identification chart will come come in handy. I have included the herbs that most cooks may come in contact with.
Guide to Growing Herbs
Armed with this handy chart, you’ll soon be an expert at guessing the names of herbs by sight. The next step will be learning about the smell of different herbs. I find that even more interesting.
We’ve all seen those little bubble packs of fresh herbs at the grocery store, but did you know that you can easily grow herbs yourself? I’ve written a complete guide that will give you all the information you need in one place. Be sure to check out my guide to growing herbs.
I hope you enjoy using this convenient herb identification chart. I would suggest that you pin it to Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.
For more identification, be sure to check out my list of perennial herbs and watch the video at the top of this page for photos and names of more herbs.
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