Types of Garnishes

Written by jennifer groepl | 13/05/2017
Types of Garnishes
Parsley is a common and inexpensive restaurant garnish. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Garnish has been used in culinary circles since the late 17th century to embellish food offerings. Garnish is intended to add excitement to a dish, and entice the diner by pleasing the eye. Garnish options range from the simple herb to elaborate food carvings and gelatin moulds. Impress your friends with eye-catching garnish creations.


Types of Garnishes
Herbs make quick and easy garnishes. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Restaurants often use herbs to garnish their culinary creations. While traditionally a sprig of parsley used as an accent garnish, herbs such as rosemary or mint make fine replacements for it. Use crushed herbs for a sprinkle-garnish on the plate or to add flavour to your entrée.


Types of Garnishes
Cut vegetables into interesting shapes for garnish. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Vegetables integrate bold colour into less colourful dishes. Simply cut vegetables into complementary shapes or join them together in creative edible combinations. For example, use a swirled cucumber peel alone or insert green beans or herbs into a carrot ring. The colour and texture combinations make vegetables a dazzling garnish choice.


Types of Garnishes
Garnish with citrus slices instead of a sprig of parsley. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Like vegetables, fruits offer a combination of colours and textures for garnishing. Like herbs, citrus peels may be sprinkled onto plates to add interest to the empty portions of the dish. Moving away from the traditional citrus wedge, try creating a butterfly or fan from citrus. Skewer fruit pieces for a simple garnish using fruit.

Drink Garnishes

Types of Garnishes
Fruit is a common drink garnish. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

From a simple lemon wedge in a glass of water to exotic drinks with a skewered selection of tropical fruit, drink garnishes add something special to an otherwise boring drinking glass. While many reserve garnish for cocktails, there is no reason not to garnish your water, juice or even soda with citrus slices, cherries or other fruits.

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