Embrace the Bounty of Seasonal Herbs in Michigan

Shanthi Appelo
Shanthi Appelo

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A sprinkle of herbs adds freshness to dishes in cultures around the world. Possessing the colors and qualities of leafy greens, herbs often offer a similar nutrient profile. Herbs like parsley, mint, basil and cilantro are rich in vitamins A, C and K. In fact, a single half cup of parsley offers an impressive 547% of the daily recommended intake to support blood coagulation and bone health. Beyond these properties, herbs have polyphenols. These are powerful plant compounds that have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show polyphenols can be protective against certain types of cancers and may reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Herbs start their seasonality in the spring and flourish throughout the summer in Michigan. Here are three recipes that take advantage of the wonderful flavors herbs have to offer:
This Greek yogurt-based dip features olive oil infused with garlic and spring herbs. Simply heat olive oil and pour it over garlic and herbs, such as parsley and basil, then spoon the mixture on top of the creamy Greek yogurt mixture.
This delicious herb mixture is simply made from fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil, lime juice and some pepper for spice. Simply add to a blender and top on your favorite grilled meats, salads or tacos.
cucumber mint salad
A little preparation of the cucumbers and onions will lead to tasty results in this refreshing summer salad. Olive oil in the dressing component adds healthy fat and ties together the creamy feta in the dish.

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