We are in full spring bloom, but with quarantine and large scale closures, people are staying inside. Many have found themselves trying their hand at cooking and discovering new recipes. This blog will offer some great springtime herbs and spices to add to your recipes, as well as a couple of recipes you may have not tried yet! If one catches your eye-head over to our online herb and spice shop to check out our inventory! Here at Prairie Herb Farms we proudly offer all your wholesale herbs and spices needs.
Herbs and Spices
First off, we’ll start by recommending some springtime herbs and spices, and simple foods you can add them to. You might be surprised to find a bizarre combination that complements each other perfectly. Spices also work as a coolant by monitoring your metabolism which makes them perfect for warmer Spring weather.
Lavender is an herb that is mostly used in teas and essential oils but can also be added to certain dishes to enhance the flavor. It’s known to reduce stress and anxiety, and people swear to its aromatic healing properties. Lavender is perfect to add to a fruit salad, your choice cocktail, or flavor your water by just adding a pinch.
Many studies have shown that turmeric contains numerous healing properties such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds to boost your immune system, and it’s linked to higher brain function and lower risk of brain disease. Turmeric also acts as a coolant which makes it perfect for a balmy spring day. Try adding it to your morning smoothie, omelet, or tea for easy use.
While it may seem counterintuitive spicy foods are great for hotter days. Spicy foods act as a coolant from ingesting the chemical capsaicin. Cayenne peppers are closely related to bell peppers jalapenos and are known to boost metabolism, lower blood pressure and aid digestive health. For those who are daring, cayenne pepper is great to sprinkle on top of fruits like mangoes or pineapple. If that doesn’t sound appealing you can simply add some to your homemade salsa, guacamole, or hummus.
Recipes to Try
Lavender Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Lavender lemon shortbread brings a soft, comforting flavor to bring in the new season. The lavender and lemon are contrasting flavors that seamlessly complement each other and leave a gentle flavor in your mouth.
INGREDIENTS (yields 1 ½ dozen):
- ½ cup butter
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- Zest of two lemons divided
- ½ teaspoon lavender chopped or ground finely
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, powdered sugar, zest of 1 lemon, lavender, vanilla extract, and salt until the mixture looks like coarse sand.
- In a small bowl, mix together the remaining lemon zest and granulated sugar with your hands until fragrant. Set aside.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out shortbread until 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle on the lemon-scented sugar and lightly press it into the shortbread with the rolling pin. Cut out shapes and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Lavender Sapphire Collins Spring Cocktail
This is a spin on the classic Tom Collins cocktail also known as the Lavender Collins. It’s a refreshing mixed drink perfect for poolside weather days that isn’t too overpowering.
- 1 ½ ounces gin
- ¾ ounces fresh lemon juice
- ½ ounces lavender and blackberry simple syrup
- 3 ounces club soda
- Lavender sprigs, for garnish
- Add gin, lemon juice, club soda, and blackberry-lavender simple syrup to a glass.
- Top with ice, add a few sprigs of lavender, stir and enjoy!
Slow Cooked Curry Chicken
This is a classic curry chicken that features turmeric and cayenne pepper. It has a light flavor, for curry, which makes it perfect for a hearty spring meal.
- 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
- 1 ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1 can light coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 green onions sliced
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 1-2 tablespoons lime juice
- 3 cups hot cooked rice
- Sprinkle chicken with salt. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown chicken on both sides. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker.
- Combine the coconut milk, curry, turmeric, and cayenne; pour over chicken. Sprinkle with half of the onions. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.
- Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Stir in lime juice. Serve chicken with rice and sauce; sprinkle with remaining onions.
Prairie Herb Farms – Online Herb & Spice Shop
Our inventory is full of wholesome and straightforward ingredients that are ready for immediate use. Our 100 percent organic selection is available in our online spice and herb shop for all your wholesale needs.