How to harvest oregano. It is one of the best Mediterranean aromatic herbs, we have already explained how to grow it, now let’s take a quick focus on how to harvest and dry it.
For aromatic herbs, harvesting is a moment of fundamental importance, by choosing the right moment you can have a greater scent and a better quality of the spice.
Preservation is the other fundamental step in which flavor is played out, so let’s try to explain how to do it best. Oregano in particular is one of the aromatic herbs in which drying enhances the aroma rather than diminishing it, as long as it is done in the best possible way.
How and when to collect the leaves
Oregano can always be harvested, leaves and inflorescences are both good as an aroma, at any time they are taken, however, there are better times, when the plant smells more, especially when flowering.
It is also necessary to balance the harvest so as not to “peel” the plant completely so that it can last for a long time and develop well.
Who grows oregano on the balcony. will have the plant one step away from the kitchen, so it will be able to use freshly picked leaves comfortably.
Here are some tips on harvesting:
- Avoid harvesting when the plant is very small, better wait until it is robust and well developed before depriving it of some branches.
- Collect oregano during flowering, it is the best time. The flowering period varies according to the age of the plant and the climate, generally from June to September.
- Harvest when the soil is a little damp, not completely dry. Alternatively, wet the day before harvest, without exaggerating.
- Use pruning shears to cut the branch, do not tear it to avoid damaging the plant.
- Cut the branch just above the collar, without affecting the base of the plant.
- Collect the branches of oregano with the flowers, they are a fragrant part that is used together with the leaves as an aromatic spice.
How to dry oregano
Oregano is an aromatic herb to be kept dry. As soon as it is picked, you have to move on to the drying process, an extremely simple operation to do. We have already written in general some useful tips for drying aromatic herbs, here we are talking specifically about drying oregano.
The drying area must be cool, shaded, and ventilated, for example under a porch. The sprigs of oregano are tied into bunches that can be hung up to dry them. Once the oregano is dry it is time to remove the leaves and flowers from the branch and put the spice in glass jars.
It is impossible to say how long it takes to dry, it all depends on the climate and humidity of the place where you hang the bunches. It is very easy to understand when the leaves are dry, just look at them and touch them.
A dryer can also be used with excellent results, it allows you to have dried oregano more quickly and to keep its aroma at its best.
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