10 fresh ways to take summer herbs beyond garnish

Ginger pineapple frozen pop: Nothing says summer like a fresh-fruit ice pop. Freeze pineapple with ginger and lemon verbena for a cold sweet treat that’s light and refreshing. — Picture by Rinku Bhattacharya/Zester Daily via Reuters
Ginger pineapple frozen pop: Nothing says summer like a fresh-fruit ice pop. Freeze pineapple with ginger and lemon verbena for a cold sweet treat that’s light and refreshing. — Picture by Rinku Bhattacharya/Zester Daily via Reuters

NEW YORK, Aug 11 — An often underrated gift of summer is the bountiful presence of fresh herbs. At this time of year, like no other, herbs infuse distinct and potent flavours into your meals.

Take a summer vacation from a traditional garnish when you’re using those herbs.

Think fenugreek fried chicken. Or an icy pineapple freezer pop infused with ginger and lemon verbena. Or grilled corn slathered with basil-and-goat-cheese butter.

Click through the photos for this slideshow to find 10 unique ideas for using summer herbs from the garden — and from your market. — Zester Daily/Reuters

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