May gardening tips: Harvesting aromatic herbs

Rooftop gardening
May 26, 2013


During May and it's time to harvest and store aromatic herbs.

Mediterranean herbsEvery year I harvest the herbs for my Mediterranean Aromatic Mixture: in the picture rosemary, scarlet sage, sage and thyme. I will add many other herbs during the summer.


SavoryLast autumn I sowed some winter savory, and I harvested a bunch of leaves to dry them. They have a pungent and slightly wild aroma, perfect for fish, eggs, legumes.
Read also: Cooking with Savory


CalamintCalamint is a spontaneous herb with aroma similar to that of the savory, just wilder and less sophisticated. I used with mushrooms and cheese.


Sweet cloverSweet clover is another spontaneous plant, that I grow for its flowers. They are tiny, yellow and aromatic and I dry them to prepare herbal teas.


All herbs are dried in a similar manner: wash and dry well on a kitchen towel, then place in a dry place away from direct sunlight.

More details:
Storing marjoram
Storing thyme
Storing sage
Storing Rosemary
Storing mint: dried
Harvest and store: all posts

SculpitSculpit is another spontaneous plant that I sowed this spring, with pointed, slightly fleshy leaves, to be eaten fresh or cooked like in the sculpit omelette.


Magenta spreenMagenta spreen is a new herb that I'm trying this year: the young leaves are bright magenta, and then turn to green. We used this first harvest in some cheese sandwiches.


This post joins to Harvest Mondays.



RosemaryTwo years ago: Cooking with rosemary

Three year ago: Rhubarb, tinda, papalo & quilquina

Four years ago: A walk in the garden


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