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Chefs add fragrance and flavor with fresh herbs

Fresh mint, basil, parsley, cilantro and other herbs are appearing more frequently on menus

Fresh herbs — often unsung hero ingredients — have the power to elevate a dish from fundamental to fabulous. Lately, chefs with a passion for these fragrant ingredients are increasingly using them on menus.

According to recent data from Datassential MenuTrends, the percentage of restaurant menus featuring the term “fresh herbs” has increased 3 percent over the past year, while a number of specific fresh herbs have experienced strong growth over a one-year and f

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