5 Ways to Dry Herbs


| 4/26/2018 2:38:00 PM


Tags: drying herbs, dried herbs, wildcrafting, foraging, Madeline Adelmann,

 

Whether you have some leftover store-bought rosemary from yesterday’s meal of roasted veggies, a garden overflowing with lemon balm, or a large backyard patch of wild stinging nettle, drying herbs is a great option for preserving this abundance for a year-round supply of cooking spices and herbal preparations.

Drying herbs effectively is a key step in getting the most out of your wildcrafting experience! Find five ways to dry herbs below, an excerpt from the online Botany & Wildcrafting Course, which takes students on a captivating voyage through the science of botanical identification and the art of wildcrafting edible and herbal botanicals.

A Guide to Drying your Herbal Harvest

Drying methods depend on many factors, including the herb(s) in question, the plant part(s) to be dried, the temperature and humidity of your drying space, the equipment available, and how the herb(s) will ultimately be used (i.e., home use versus commercial distribution).

Most herbalists will dry their herbs in one or more of the following ways:



Herb Drying Method 1: Outdoors on a clean surface, shaded from direct sunlight






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