Is There Any Nutritional Value in Fresh Herbs?

Segment: Is There Any Nutritional Value in Fresh Herbs?
Episode: Spring 2019, Ep03
Presenter: Dr. Shy Vishnumohan
TX Date: 21st September 2019

Fresh herbs are extremely nutritious, and there has never been a better time to start growing your own.

  • Herbs such as oregano, rosemary, parsley, thyme, basil, dill, tarragon, coriander and mint are absolutely packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • Herbs have higher levels of antioxidants than fruits, vegetables and spices – for example, the total antioxidant capacity of fresh oregano is eight times higher than spinach.
  • Compared to lettuce, raw parsley gives you 33 times the amount of Vitamin C, 16 times the amount of Vitamin K, 6 times the amount of iron and 4 times the amount of calcium.
  • Adding a handful of herbs to your salad will give it a gourmet touch with a nutritional punch.
  • To get the most nutrition out of your herbs, you want to eat it soon after it’s picked. Not only will they be more flavourful, fresh herbs retain more nutrients and phytochemicals.
  • By growing your own herbs, you help to bypass the pollution associated with commercially grown food – transportation, pesticides, processing and packaging.
  • These herbs are grown as part of the Swan Valley Nursery Range in WA, but you can buy the plants all over Australia.