Imagine the delight when your customers learn that the fresh herbs on their plate are grown in your own restaurant garden. Not only will they love the strong flavours, but you will win a reputation as a restaurateur who has green fingers too!
There are several advantages of home-grown (or restaurant-grown) produce for your commercial kitchen.
Firstly, you will cut costs. Spending a few Rands on a packet of seeds and maintaining your small herb garden will cost you much less than buying from the market or a supplier.
The food will taste better. The herbs go directly from the garden to the kitchen or your customer’s plate. It does not stay on shelves for days and lose flavour in the process.
Thirdly, plants produce oxygen and help filter the air. You will also aid the environment when you grow your own herbs in the restaurant’s backyard: You reduce waste as you don’t have to get rid of packaging that ends up in landfills.
It is therapeutic. When you are stressed out or need inspiration for a new dish, tend to your garden!
The fifth and coolest reason is that you beautify your restaurant environment.
What herbs to grow in your restaurant garden?
You need herbs for flavouring and garnishing. A restauranteur must have at least basil, thyme, rosemary, chives, and parsley in their garden. It is fairly easy to grow parsley, chives, basil, and oregano. You will have to work a little harder to grow thyme and rosemary.
For all these herbs, all you need is water, sunlight, good soil, organic compost, and lots of love and attention.
Not enough space to grow your restaurant culinary garden in the city?
Nowadays this is not an excuse. Urban agriculture is the next big thing. You have the option of pots and planters, vertical gardens, window boxes, and roof tops. You need at least 1m x 1m to yield at least 500g of each herb.
Are you ready to grow a culinary garden for your restaurant kitchen and experience green joy?
H&L insures restaurants and franchised restaurants with or without herb gardens. Call us today on 0861 726 526 for a competitive quote.