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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 ReutersGinger 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 ReutersNEW 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.

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  • Cilantro salad: We begin with a simple salad with the haunting, citrusy flavour of cilantro — used more as a green than a garnish. Toss with tomatoes and red onions. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with freshly ground black pepper, Himalayan Pink salt and red pepper flakes. — 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

  • Basil mango lassi: Make yourself a mango lassi with basil, yogurt and fresh mangoes, or add mint when you are tired of basil. — Picture by Rinku Bhattacharya/Zester Daily via Reuters

  • Mint and cilantro chutney: Some refer to mint as a quintessential summer herb for its boundless growth. Others complain that it takes over the garden. I say, savour the profusion. One easy way: make a classic mint chutney, with ginger, cilantro, lime juice and some salt and sugar. — Picture by Rinku Bhattacharya/Zester Daily via Reuters

  • Basil and goat cheese butter corn: To dress up your sweet corn, slather it with a basil and goat cheese butter and finish it with lime juice and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes. — Picture by Rinku Bhattacharya/Zester Daily via Reuters

  • Oregano and citrus zucchini: Summer zucchini pairs beautifully with chicken for succulent and well-seasoned kebabs, using a marinade of olive oil, garlic, oregano and citrus. — Picture by Rinku Bhattacharya/Zester Daily via Reuters

  • Lavender peach soup: An herb with a sweet and haunting fragrance, lavender works well with both sweet and savoury flavours. I bring you a compromise of flavours: a refreshing summer soup with peaches, yogurt and freshly snipped lavender. — Picture by Rinku Bhattacharya/Zester Daily via Reuters

  • Thyme, cilantro and cumin shrimp fritters: On a cool and rainy summer evening, whip up a batch of crisp and spicy fritters with shrimp, serrano chillies, thyme, cilantro and cumin. — Picture by Rinku Bhattacharya/Zester Daily via Reuters

  • Purslane and carrot salad: Purslane and carrot come together with tahini, olive oil and garlic chives to create a salad that is a healthier and colourful alternative to potato salad. — Picture by Rinku Bhattacharya/Zester Daily via Reuters

  • Fenugreek fried chicken: In my house, the fried chicken is deep in flavour, thanks to my secret ingredient: dried fenugreek leaves in both the brining liquid and the batter coating. — Picture by Rinku Bhattacharya/Zester Daily via Reuters

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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