Italian herbs

Italians love to use herbs in their food. However, they do so with care, and won't simply throw in a handful of oregano without thinking it through beforehand. Fresh Italian herbs have a very expressive flavour, and an overly enthusiastic combination can soon mean that the authentic flavour is lost.

So how should you use herbs to cook Italian style? The main thing to remember is: with caution. The most popular herbs, basil and oregano, are delicious in a tomato sauce, but preferably not combined.

Parsley, thyme, mint, sage and marjoram also play an important role in the Italian kitchen. They're ideal for creating a delicious three coloured pasta salad with fresh parsley, for example.