Herbs need to be dried as quickly as possible in order to preserve their flavour and colour. However drying them in direct sunlight will damage them.
It is always advisable to label and date dried herbs as they can look quite different from the growing plants.
If possible, do not keep herbs for longer than one year, that is from one harvest to the next.
Drying herb flowers:
If you want to dry herb flowers, pick them carefully to avoid damaging the petals. Choose flowers with long stems and tie them together in bunches. Hang them upside down in a warm, dry place as before. If the flowers do not have long stems, place the flowers carefully on a wire cooling rack so that the air can circulate around them, and leave in a warm, dry place.
Drying herb seeds:
Cut the seed heads from the plant just as they begin to turn brown. Place the seedheads in a large paper bag and leave to dry in a warm room. As the seeds dry, they will fall out of the seedhead to the bottom of the paper bag. Store the seeds in glass jars out of direct sunlight.
Did you know? Coriander leaf is the world's most popular herb.
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