Herbs

Home Herbs
The best time to pick herbs for drying is just as the flower buds appear, as this is when the leaves contain the most flavour.  Preferably choose a warm dry sunny morning, after the dew has evaporated and before the sun has become too hot.  With large leaved varieties like mint, sage and basil, try to take the leaves off individually and place on a suitable drying rack turning them daily so they dry evenly.  The small leaved herbs like thyme, sweet marjoram and savory can be picked in bunches and tied in bundles for drying, hanging or lying them in a dark airy place like an airing cupboard.  The herbs will take 4 to 10 days to dry.  When they are dry, crumble the large leaves and strip the smaller ones off the branches.  To prolong the life of the dried herbs, store them in airtight containers in a cool dry and dark place.
NB:  Not all herbs are suitable for drying.
Perennial
Tansy

Tansy

Botanical Name: Tanacetum vulgare
Annual
Basil Bush

Basil Bush

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Annual
Basil Cinnamon

Basil Cinnamon

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Annual
Basil Dark Opal

Basil Dark Opal

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Annual
Basil Fino Verde

Basil Fino Verde

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Annual
Basil Gecofure

Basil Gecofure

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Annual
Basil Genovese Giant

Basil Genovese Giant

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Annual
Basil Gourmet Blend

Basil Gourmet Blend

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Annual
Basil Greek Mini

Basil Greek Mini

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Annual
Basil Lettuce Leaf

Basil Lettuce Leaf

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Annual
Basil Mrs Burns Lemon

Basil Mrs Burns Lemon

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum citriodora
Annual
Basil Persian

Basil Persian

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Heirloom
Organic Basil Red Opal

Organic Basil Red Opal

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Annual
Basil Red Rubin Improved

Basil Red Rubin Improved

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Heirloom
Organic Basil Spicy Globe

Organic Basil Spicy Globe

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Annual
Basil Thai

Basil Thai

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Biennial
Alexanders

Alexanders

Botanical Name: Smyrnium olusatrum
Biennial
Angelica Shiny Leaf

Angelica Shiny Leaf

Botanical Name: Angelica pachycarpa
Annual
Bergamot Lemon

Bergamot Lemon

Botanical Name: Monarda citriodora
Biennial
Caraway

Caraway

Botanical Name: Carum carvi
Hardy Annual
Celery for Cutting

Celery for Cutting

Botanical Name: Apium graveolens
Annual
Chervil

Chervil

Botanical Name: Anthriscus cerefolium
Perennial
Chives Broad Leaf

Chives Broad Leaf

Botanical Name: Allium schoenoprasum

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