How To Store Fresh Herbs…A Tip From Sweet Basil

herb-labels-for-flowerpots-etsy-2Thought these helpful tips would be nice to share! If you don’t have an herb garden of your own, we, as well as most local farmer’s markets everywhere have a good variety of basic herbs.

Now that the warm weather is here we’re sending you tons of fresh seasonal herbs. As opposed to sturdier herbs, like rosemary, thyme or sage, summer herbs are more tender and need a little more TLC. Here are some tips to help maximize the freshness of these fragrant leaves!

  • Tender Herbs: Parsley, Cilantro, Dill, Tarragon, Chervil and Mint…these delicate leaves LOVE fresh water. Place them in a small jar with about 1″ of water in the bottom, cover lightly with a small plastic bag, then tie off with a rubber band. Keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Basil: This herb is a little special and needs extra attention. Not only does basil love water, it loves a little natural light and ambient or warm temperatures. Store it as you would a bouquet of flowers, and keep it out of the refrigerator!

We are Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens on Facebook. We are a local producer of farm fresh fruits and vegetables and members of the American Poultry Association, licensed by the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture as Poultry Dealers and Brokers, and a proud member of the Georgia Grown program, a division of the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture. We also breed, sell and ship poultry, pet pigs, bearded irises and much more. We have an 80 acre working farm, with great emphasis on all natural gardening and livestock management practices. An 1840s general store is situated on our property, and serves as our on-site farmer’s market. Conveniently located off of Interstate 75 near the Johnstonville Rd exit (#193).  We are six miles west, located in Barnesville, Lamar County, Georgia.

Special thanks to for the fantastic blog post and the photo, and to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Ga. for contributions in testing this recipe.

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