Easy Tips For Harvesting And Drying Your Own Herbs 

Herb harvesting and drying can be a pleasant technique to retain flavor and aroma. Six simple tips to help you succeed:  

Harvest herbs in the morning after the dew dries but before the sun gets too hot. The herbs' essential oils are at their optimum, offering maximum flavor and scent.  

Timing Matters  

Sharp scissors or gardening shears chop herbs. Avoid tearing or bruising leaves to prevent early oil release.  

Select Tools  

Pinch the stems right above a pair of leaves while picking basil, mint, or cilantro. Trim rosemary and thyme stems to just above a leaf node. This promotes plant growth and health.  

Harvest Right

Tie herbs in tiny bunches using string or rubber bands to dry. Hang them upside down in a warm, well-ventilated, shaded area. Choose indoors or outdoors based on climate.  

Thoroughly dry  

Store herbs after they dry completely. This can take days or weeks, depending on the herb and drying circumstances. They should crumble readily when rubbed between your fingers.  

Virtue: Patience  

Remove the leaves from the stems and store them in sealed containers away from heat and sunshine after drying. Label containers with herb name and harvest date to maintain freshness.  

Store Well  


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