Sunday, October 3, 2010

More Aromas

Since the early morning temp here in rural PA was 39°F yesterday with threats of the first frost of autumn, I harvested some of my herbs to dry for winter teas.  The house smells of mixed mints, lemon balm, stevia (not sure how much fragrance but, oh, how sweet the taste), sage and horehound (meh, not so good to smell or taste but great for a cough).  In the dehydrator, they dried so quickly.  I also brought in the fennel heads to dry in a paper bag to catch the seeds.  Alas the nettle seems to have died off for the season so I'll have to make do with what's already dried.
This morning the temp was 44°F so we have another day.  There's so much more that I could harvest but some will stay hardy under the colder temps and even snow so I can harvest them fresh as needed.

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