Well, Dear Readers, it is Fall and that means only one thing, it is Fall harvest season! That’s right! It’s time to get out and harvest thosr herbs and whatever else you’ve been putting off harvesting until the first frost makes its appearance. That time has arrived! Early next week, we here in the East will see low temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s.
All you need to harvest is a pair of scissors, kitchen twine, paper towels and possibly bug spray. I like to harvest my herbs in two ways; 1. As one type, and 2. By use. This means I harvest all of one type of herb, say sage, then I harvest herbs in groups and make bundles I use when I make soup, sauces or braised dishes. I make herbs de Provence bundles, Mediterranean bundles and so on. I spread the herbs in single layers on paper towel or parchment paper-lined trays and allow them to dry, turning them as needed. I store the dried herbs in resealable bags and use throughout the cold months. The little bit of time and effort spent today will make for delicious additions in the chilly months to come until fresh herbs once again adorn our garden. Try it yourself and share your results in the comments section. Happy harvesting!
Avid home cook and passionate instructor