Discover ten common kitchen spices that you can grow at home. These spices are also very valuable in your kitchen as they are widely used in many dishes.
Has it ever happened to you that you run out of a spice you need? And making things worse is that you can’t just drive to a nearby store to procure it. Thus, you have to look for a substitute for the ingredient that the recipe calls for.
But what if you grow common kitchen spices in your garden? It would make things a lot more convenient for you. Imagine having to go to your backyard to get a particular spice. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
The good news is that there are plenty of kitchen spices that you can grow right at your place. Here is a rundown of the best kitchen spices to grow at home:
This is a common ingredient in savoury curries, baked goods, and confectionaries. It is also widely used in herbal teas.
How to grow Ginger:
You can begin growing one with a ginger root, which you can get from garden centres or nurseries.
Soak this in warm water overnight. The following morning, you can plant this in a shallow and wide pot.
A coloured cousin of ginger, turmeric gives a bright, golden yellow colour to dishes as well as a spicy flavour.
How to grow Turmeric:
This Indian native can be grown indoors just like ginger.
However, the problem you may encounter in growing turmeric is finding a planting material. Turmeric is often sold and used in dried form.
It is recommended that turmeric is planted in late winter. It would take about 7 months for the plant to grow and ready for harvest.
This is a spice that’s widely used in Latin American and Indian cuisine. It is one of the numerous spices used in curry dishes. It can also add flavour to fish and chicken.
How to grow Coriander:
Coriander is a quick-growing plant that you can grow indoors at any time of the year.
It prefers cool weather. Thus, experts recommend planting it in spring or even in the fall for those living in milder climate territories.
Like the three previously mentioned spices, cumin is used in most curry powders. It is also used in savoury recipes such as chilli.
How to grow Cumin:
Cumin needs to be planted in an area where there is a lot of sunshine.
The soil should be moist but with good drainage.
Harvesting of cumin would take about 5 months after sprouting.
This is a very common ingredient in the kitchen and if it’s not being used fresh, it can be found as a dried spice in the cupboard. You will find it makes great powder substance or even flakes.
How to grow Garlic:
It is an easy-to-grow bulb and can be planted and grown indoors and outdoors.
All you need is to separate the cloves and plant it into moist soil. Garlic bulbs can be grown any time of the year, although planting it in the fall is ideal for outdoor beds.
While onions are considered as vegetables, the dried powder version is a spice that is widely used in many dishes. Of course, you know that onion is also a basic ingredient in sautéing dishes.
How to grow Onions:
Onions can be grown from seeds or sets. You can plant them in a shallow pot of rich potting soil, as long as you ensure that the soil is moist most of the time.
Saffron has a special flavour that you would likely be used in soups and stews. You’d also be using it in cooking dishes like paella.
How to grow Saffron:
It is produced by drying the stigmas of Crocus sativus. Saffron is costly, so you should aim to grow this in your backyard.
Moreover, you should plant this indoors because the bulbs of the Crocus sativus are susceptible to rotting when exposed to the rains.
A slightly hot and colourful spice, paprika is usually associated with Hungarian cuisine. It is the dried and powdered skin of Capsicum annum, a type of mild chilli pepper.
How to grow Paprika:
You can grow the said chilli pepper at home, particularly in a bright and sunny area.
Sow the seeds in starting trays filled with rich and well-draining soil.
You should have several plants, though, to get a handful of this powdered spice.
This is a spice that you would often encounter in Italian recipes. It can enhance the taste of many dishes. It is usually added to salads, soups, and stews. Even there are many substitutions for fennel but it’s still better if you can add a right flavour into your dishes, isn’t it?
How to grow Fennel:
Fennel plant can have its fruit ready for picking as early as six weeks after it was first planted.
However, you need to have lots of space in your backyard because the fennel plant tends to grow tall and large.
Mustard can perk up the flavours in many dishes. It is something I usually add to a salad dressing or marinade that lacks something in taste.
How to grow Mustard:
You can make homemade mustard sauces. Growing mustard is easy.
You need to place the pots in a sunny location and regularly water them.
You can harvest mustard once the thin, long seed pods burst open.
While these kitchen spices are readily available at your neighbourhood store, I suggest that you try to grow them at home. It can save you a lot of bucks in the long run. Plus, you won’t have to worry about running out of spices.
Which of these spices do you think you can easily grow in your place? Share your thoughts by writing in the comments section below.