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Can herbs be picked at any time for use in the kitchen?

No, herbs can be picked only up to the point of flowering. The reason is because once herbs have developed buds and flowered, all their energy goes into producing seeds and woody stems, and consequently their flavor is dissipated. For freezing or drying, herbs are best picked immediately before they flower, when their flavor is at its most potent.

Small pots of fresh-growing herbs are frequently available in fresh produce stores throughout the year.

20:50:59 on 01/09/07 by Webmaster - Questions and Answers -