Before starting with the harvest of rosemary, it would be best to prepare all the materials that you would need for the task. Here are the most important tools that you need for harvesting rosemary leaves – twine, scissors, a bowl (or a clean working area), and well-sealed glass containers. Once you have these ready, you may start with the steps in harvesting the rosemary leaves.
1. Cutting of the rosemary leaves from the plant
It is best to harvest the rosemary leaves on a dry day. The rosemary leaves and stems may be placed in a basket or a plastic as you gather them from your herb garden.
2. Bundling of the rosemary stems.
After you have gathered the needed rosemary leaves, you can bundle the leaves with the similarly sized stems. As much as possible, keep each bundle at a maximum of ten stems.
3. Tie the bundles of rosemary stems together.
Use the twine to tie the rosemary bundles. In tying the rosemary twigs using the twine, leave some excess string that you will use to hang the bundles. Rubber bands may also be used to tie the lower portion of the rosemary stems together.
4. Hang the rosemary bundles in a cool and dry place.
The area in which you will hang the rosemary bundles should also be sufficiently ventilated. The rosemary bundles should be allowed to dry as they hand in an upside down position for not more than two weeks. Remember that the best temperature for drying the rosemary leave is not less than twenty-one degrees Celsius and not more than 32 degrees. Temperatures lower than 21 degrees may slow down the drying process; while at more than 32 degrees, the rosemary leaves might start to lose much of its aroma and flavor.
5. Removing the rosemary bundles from hanging.
Take down the rosemary leaves from hanging and untie the strings. Separate the rosemary leaves from the stems by manually picking the leaves and placing them on a clean bowl. You may also use a clean plastic bag in which you will place the twigs. Inside the plastic bag, you may rub the leaves and the stems together until the leaves come off. Collect the leaves in another container.
6. Collect and store the rosemary leaves.
After separating the rosemary leaves and discarding the stems, store the leaves in clean, dry and airtight container. Label the container using a labeling tape and a marker. Include the harvest and storage date when writing the label of the rosemary leaves.
After this, you have the rosemary leaves anytime your recipe calls for it.
Originally posted 2009-07-14 15:22:11.