6 Essential Perennial Herbs for Your Garden

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Chives

Chive, scientifically known as Allium schoenoprasum, is a perennial herb that produces comestible leaves and flowers that are really tasty, which is ideal for people who want to use them for culinary or medicinal purposes. Chives are related to onions, garlic, leek, scallion and Chinese onion. 

As you probably know, these herbs can be found all over the world, especially in Europe, Asia and North America, from various grocery stores to farmers markets or in house pots. Chives can be used in salads, soups, potatoes, fish and so on. Chives attract a lot of pollinators, because it provides them with nectar. 

Chives are low in calories but contain a lot of essential nutrients. For instance, some studies have shown that chives can reduce the risk of many types of cancer, improve your mood and sleep, reduce inflammation, help you lose a few extra pounds and improve your eye health. 

These perennial herbs are tolerant to cold and it’s recommended they be planted in spring and fall. They can grow in full sun as well as in partially shaded areas. 

 

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Sorrel

Sorrel is a perennial herb in the family Polygonaceae that can be used as a garden herb or salad vegetable due to its edible green leaves. If you consume raw sorrel, you will notice that its leaves have a sour taste, because it contains oxalic acid. It can be used in soups, sauces, salads or smoothies. 

However, they are very nutritious and can be found all over the world. These perennial herbs are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B9, and Vitamin C. They are also high in potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron. Sorrel can help you improve your eye health, thanks to the vitamin A in its composition. If you want to lose a few extra pounds, you should definitely add some sorrel leaves in your salad.

If you want to enjoy all the benefits of sorrel, you should plant some seeds or roots in spring. They need damp soil and temperate conditions to grow healthy.

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