Growing your own herbs at home is a great way to enjoy fresh flavors all year long. But the weather is turning cooler and the days are getting shorter, and that means one thing: it’s harvest time!
There are a few things you should keep in mind when harvesting herbs, no matter what herb you’re harvesting. Here’s some practical advice from minigarden.net
- Only pick herbs when they’re dry. Harvest when morning dew has evaporated, or at dusk.
- Harvest culinary herbs just before the buds open. Once they bloom, all the plant’s energy goes into producing blooms, not developing those tasty leaves. Be sure to pinch any buds before they flower.
- Harvest seeds before they turn from green to brown. Seeds should be brittle, dry, and crushable, but not brown.
- Be gentle! Fresh herbs are fragile, so when you harvest, handle them with care to avoid bruising your precious harvest.
Here is the video that teaches how to harvest herbs like basil, thyme and oregano. Use his tips to harvest like a pro and ensure you encourage future growth.
Tips on Drying Oregano from gardeningknowhow.com
There are several methods used to harvest oregano and dry it for preservation.
- You may pull off the tiny leaves and dry them separately or dry the entire stem and then crumble off the crisp leaves.
- Bundle the stems together and hang them to dry oregano in a dark, dry spot.
- Place a perforated paper bag around the herbs to catch the bits of leaves as they fall and to keep dirt and dust off.
- You may also dry the stems on food dehydrator trays in single layer or for a low-tech solution, place them on trays for several days in a warm room. Turn the stems several times during the drying process to expose the leaves evenly to air and heat.
- Once the leaves are dry and the stems are stiff, you can remove the leaves for storage. The best way to do this is to pinch the stem at the bottom and pull up.
- The leaves will fall off easily. The stems are woody and slightly bitter but you can add them to a fire for amazing herbaceous scent.
- You can also use the dried stems in a smoker to add flavor to meat as it cooks.
- Go through the leaves for bits of chaff and stem before placing them in a container.