drying oregano blossoms

first, there was this list of what to do when you’ve got too many herbs. then, there was this recipe to use up some of those herbs.

now, i’ve let all my oregano go to bloom. and by “let” i really mean “forgot” about my oregano (and the rest of my garden) for the last couple of weeks. we’ve been out and about enjoying these last days of summer.

the temperature dipped yesterday. sweater weather, which i normally welcome. but then i saw a flock of canada geese heading south, and a yellow leaf fall to the ground. all within minutes of each other. no baby steps, mother nature?

nope. i don’t care what the calendar says: autumn is here.

i’m still getting some veggies from my little patch garden. tomatoes mostly, with the odd cucumber and green pepper (so tasty fresh off the plant). but my herb garden is booming as always and i have a hard time keeping up even though i use herbs in my cooking constantly.

the mint is overflowing, the chives are up to my shins, and neighbours scurry into their homes and turn off the lights when they see me coming with more herbs for them. i think they’ve had their fill too…

so it’s drying time here. i did a small batch of oregano yesterday.

a few days ago, i took a bunch of blossoms, removed most of the leaves (remember when i said the leaves get tough and don’t taste as good when the plant goes to bloom?). i tied them in a bunch with some raffia and hung them in the kitchen to dry.

bunched oregano flowers tied with raffia

they were sufficiently dried yesterday. i placed them on a piece of parchment paper (to help transfer the blossoms into a jar later), and plucked off the flowers while trying to avoid collecting the tough stems.

dried oregano blossoms on tray

aren’t the colours pretty?  i let them slide off the parchment and into the jar…

dried oregano flowers in an air tight jar

smell ya later! it’s like a little time capsule. i love opening these jars in the thick of winter, and being reminded that there was a time when it wasn’t a vast and frozen tundra everywhere. hope in a jar ;-)

i will be sharing this post with jami & her readers at an oregon cottage.

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19 Responses to drying oregano blossoms

  1. ~*~Patty says:

    I can almost smell your pretty blossom jar all the way from Virginia Ana.
    Love the thought of “hope in a jar” … we’re not having sweater weather quite yet … but it won’t be long … and just yesterday it seemed like the heat of summer would last forever …

  2. Jess says:

    Its so pretty!!

  3. Halima says:

    Hmmm, looks so yummy! You’ve reminded me that I need to cut down some our herbs soon and start drying them (and not forget like last year). I do like having something to remind of summer in the middle of a cold winter, smell-0-vision through the computer would be nice to have then :)

  4. zentMRS says:

    I can almost smell the oregano here! Ours is growing, but nothing like that! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Dan says:

    Thanks for visiting my garden. I too must find something to do SOON with our herbs. They are getting out of control.

  6. Your oregano blossoms are so beautiful… I am excited for longer pant weather (not quite sweater weather ready though…). Autumn is knocking isn’t it…

  7. FMIC says:

    Very pretty! Great idea. Thanks for joining FMIC today! Have a great day!

    • imadeitso says:

      if there are any canadian bloggers or businesses out there, make sure you follow fmic’s link (fmic = follow me i’m canadian). it’s a no-pressure, friendly, follow-who-you-want (very canadian eh? :)) link exchange where you can list your own sites/businesses and click through to other sites if you wish. i’ve met some wonderful bloggers and people through them.

  8. Beautiful and I’m sure they will be so fragrant when you open them this winter!

  9. diXymiss says:

    Beautiful and I imagine eXquisitely fragrant! I didn’t realize oregano leaf flavor and teXture was compromised once the plant flowers. Is that true for basil as well? If so, I’ve got some trimming to do ~ pronto!

    • imadeitso says:

      you know, i haven’t been able to grow basil successfully from seed (one day!). but i have bought the plants in pots and once they flower, the leaves stop growing and the stems get woody. i’ve found that cutting off the little flowers at the top helps the plant grow fuller with leaves. i imagine it’s the same theory as deadheading, which i talked about here. i think once any plant flowers, most of its energy goes into those reproductive parts and less into the rest of the plant. (and you can eat basil flowers too! same with those pretty flowers on top of chives.)

  10. Great idea, Ana- I always think once they’ve bloomed they’re done, but it’s nice to know I can use the blossoms of oregano (I tried it on some pizza-my part only, as my kids rolled their eyes…and liked it!).

    Thanks for sharing at the Garden Party!

    • imadeitso says:

      hi jami, it’s always nice when you drop by here. my kids love to pluck the blossoms off the herbs in the garden, but i have to be so careful because the littlest grazer sometimes takes things that aren’t herbs! yikes… who said gardening was a relaxing activity?

      glad you liked the pizza! we love doing that too!

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  12. Hi, I have a lot of oregano and some of them have the purple blooms on them and I was wondering what you usually make with them after drying them?

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