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Spices out of the Garden
In the photos above you can see the oregano bush that starts out green and the tops flower into beautiful little purple bunches.
Once the flower has bloomed it turns brown and dries up producing the seeds. These bunches of seed may be clipped off the bush.
Once clipped you rub the seeds out of the plant onto a dish. These seeds are then ready to be put into containers for use in your favorite recipes.
Sweet Basil is a staple for Nunny's Italian recipes. Shown above on the vine, the basil is then cut and the leaves are rinsed.
The rinsed leaves are then laid out on paper towels and rolled up to dry. After a couple of days I place a heavy book on the paper towel. When the towel is totally dry and not moist to the feel, you can take out your leaves and crush them.
Another way to use your sweet basil is to chop some fresh into your recipes.
The above pictured plant is a sage plant. When you need sage in your recipe, you can either cut is fresh and dice it or dry the leaves for future use.
Sage is a plant that is very hearty to grow and can grow up to three feet. It is one I suggest you keep in your kitchen growing pots and use as needed.
You can dry it similar to the technique used for the sweet basil by laying out on paper towels and pressing them with a book until the towel is completely dry before crushing.