What better way to celebrate garden-to-table eating than growing, harvesting and giving fresh herbs? This is a great project because it’s easy, useful, delicious and teaches us all about the gifts of the garden.
Materials and tools:
- Healthy, established culinary herb plants*
- Scissors or hand pruners
- Personalized hang tags (Tip: Use the multi-choice hang tags if you only want a few of each hang tag.)
*If you don’t have your own herb plants, consider planting a few in the garden or in pots.
- In the springtime, after the herbs have produced new growth and just before they have flowered, clip stems from the plants. (Take care not to over harvest, so the plant will continue to be healthy and grow.)
- Remove the lowest few leaves from each stem.
- Separate the stems into several bundles depending on how much you have harvested.
- Tie a hang tag to one end of a 12-inch piece of twine.
- Wrap the twine with hang tag around the stems of an herb bundle. Repeat this process for each of your herb bundles.
- Your fresh herb bundles are ready to give away! Store them in a plastic bag in the fridge to keep them as fresh as possible. Give them away within 1 day. Instruct your recipients to hang the bundle upside down to dry. Whatever they don’t use fresh, will be tasty when dried.