Harvesting Herbs

Fresh herbs and flowers taste so much better when they are gathered from plants grown by your own endeavor — and you know they are free from any additives or artificial preservatives.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Herbs
Harvesting Nasturtium Blossoms Simple Steps: Herbs ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Flowers

As they are very fragile and crush easily, pick only a few at a time. Collecting into a white container should enable you to discard any unwanted creatures. Only gather flowers from plants in your garden.

Fresh Picked Herb Leaves are Most Flavorable Simple Steps: Herbs ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Leaves

Leaves are at their most flavorsome when fresh, but bunches can be picked for later use. You can use trimmings when pinching out or offcuts when pruning, but remember that over-collecting may weaken the plant.

Collect Seeds When They are Ripe Simple Steps: Herbs ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Seeds

Seeds are easy to collect when ripe, but waiting too long results in the birds feeding well. Cut off almost-ripe seedheads and place in a brown paper bag in a warm dry space until fully mature and ready to drop.

Gather Berries Carefully to Avoid Bruising Simple Steps: Herbs ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Berries

Avoid picking berries when they are still wet after rain and only gather a few of them at a time as they can be easily squashed or spoiled. Keep a close eye on their color and ripeness or you will miss the crop entirely.

Harvesting Herbal Roots Needs Extra Care Simple Steps: Herbs ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Roots

These can be very messy to gather and it is vital to make sure you are only harvesting the roots from a known herb. Keep some of the identifiable foliage intact when lifting the roots and when washing off the soil.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Herbs

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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