6 House Plants That You Can Use in the Kitchen

Lizzy Buczak
August 26, 2020 - 10:41 am
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Growing your own plants can be very rewarding. But when you’re growing edible plants, it can also be delicious!

You don’t need to have a spacious outdoor garden in order to grow house plants that you can eat.

Many of these plants can be kept indoors and require very little space, so if you have some extra counter space or a sunny ledge, you can easily turn it into an indoor garden that supplies you with foods and spices that’ll take your cooking to the next level. The best part is many of these can be grown year-round.

Here are some of the best edible houseplants.

Chives

Chives are great for a few reasons: they’re an easy way to add some flavor to your food, they brighten your space, and they grow quickly. They need 4-6 hours of sunlight per day and resemble tall grass. Eventually, they’ll bloom into purple blossoms that are both tasty and gorgeous. Chives are a great addition to salads, sandwiches, and pastas!

Microgreens

We’ll grow our own salad, please. Microgreens are young vegetables that are considered a sprout, but have more nutritional value. They’re harvested when the germinated seeds have developed tiny roots and their first true leaves. They range in size often growing between one to three inches tall. They’re the perfect solution for urban living with no time or space for a true garden as the result offers you fresh greens for salads, sandwiches, and garnishes.

Pineapple

Who said you can’t grow tropical fruits in your apartment? The idea of growing a pineapple is fun, but it needs warm and sunny conditions to thrive. Pineapple plants love water, but be sure to wait for the soil to dry completely in between watering. The perennial plant produces purple flowers followed by edible fruits, though they make they up to two years to fully grow.

Rosemary

Not only does rosemary smell great, but it’s a great addition to everything from desserts, sauces, and cocktails. If you grow it at home, you can use it for just about anything without having to buy bundles at the store. Just be sure to give it the necessary TLC — rosemary needs to be in direct sunlights for several hours a day.

Tomato

Home grown tomatoes don’t just taste different, they even smell different. Once you begin growing your own, you’ll notice that store-bought tomatoes are lacking in flavor. With enough sunlight, you can even grow your own tomatoes throughout the winter months.

Basil

The herb is just as suitable to grow indoors as it is outdoors. Since it only needs to be placed in direct sunlight and watered regularly, it’s considered low-maintenance. Plus, the fragrant herb is a to-go kitchen used for many recipes. Imagine making a traditional margherita pizza from scratch and using your fresh basil as garnish!

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