Need to know where to find the best high quality herbs to use in your herbal remedies? We’ve got you covered. Here I’ll show you how to identify if herbs are high quality and which are the best places for buying or sourcing your herbs.
Organic herbs, both dried and fresh, can be a valuable addition to any home or kitchen. Not only do they add flavor and nutrition but they are also loaded with lots of great health benefits.
Finding high-quality herbs can be expensive if you don’t know where to look. This guide will help you find the freshest, most nutritious, and affordable herbs on the market without breaking the bank.
How to Identify High Quality Herbs
There are ways you can tell if the herbs you’re looking at are high quality or low quality. There are clues in both fresh herbs and dried herbs. Here are a few things to look for.
The quality of fresh herbs can vary greatly based on method of harvesting, storage, and care during transit. This can make it difficult for determine which herbs are of the highest quality.
However, there are certain clues that you can look out for that will indicate whether or not a particular herb is of high quality or not.
When shopping for fresh herbs, look for plants with vibrant color that appear freshly cut. You should also check for any discoloration or browning on leaves as this may be an indication of age.
Additionally, you want to make sure that the leaves are intact and free from any decay or wilting.
Finally, when selecting your fresh herbs it’s important to note their aroma. High quality herbs should have a strong and fragrant scent while lower quality ones may have little to no aroma at all.
Taking all these factors into consideration will help ensure that you are using fresh, high quality herbs.
Finding high quality dried herbs can be challenging, as the drying process reduces their fragrance and flavor significantly. However, there are certain clues to look out for that will indicate whether the herb is of high quality or not.
When shopping for dried herbs, check the packaging for any discoloration or deterioration. Additionally, you want to make sure that the herbs don’t contain any dust or particles as this is an indication of poor quality storage practices.
They should also be free of any musty smells or indications of mold, and that the drying or packing process wasn’t adequate
When selecting your dried herbs it’s important to also note their smell and texture. High quality dried herbs should have a strong aroma and texture whereas lower ones may have little to no smell at all and be powdery in consistency.
Where to Find High Quality Herbs
Local Market/Growers’ Group Resources: One of the best places to find fresh, organic herbs is at your local farmers’ market. Here you can directly purchase herbs from local growers who are passionate about offering high-quality, organic produce.
Many farmers also form their own buyers’ group or co-op where members can purchase their products in bulk at a discounted price. Additionally, if you join a local plant swap group you may be able to trade or barter for fresh organic herbs with another grower.
Online Shopping Options for Organic Herbs: Online shopping has revolutionized how we shop and it’s certainly an option when it comes to sourcing organic herbs.
There are several online retailers that specialize in offering high quality, certified-organic herbs and spices at reasonable prices.
There are several online herb shops that have a reputation for quality.
Some of my personal favorites are:
These are just a few of the many great online stores out there, but they’re often well stocked and reliable.
These online stores also often have bulk purchasing options available so that you can stock up on the specific herbs and spices you need without breaking the bank.
In fact, when I first started taking classes with the herbal academy I was shocked at how much cheaper it was to buy my favorite herbs in bulk.
Some of these sites also offer discounts when you buy multiple items or subscribe to their services.
Growing Your Own: Growing your own herbs can be a great way to ensure that you always have high quality, organic herbs on hand.
After all, you’ll have complete control of their growing conditions and ensuring they are full of pesticides and that they’re picked at peak freshness.
It’s important to start with soil and plants or seeds of high quality so that you can guarantee the healthiest crop. When selecting plants from a nursery or store, make sure to inspect them closely for signs of disease or pests.
Additionally, make sure to choose varieties that are well suited for your climate and will thrive in the space where you plan to plant them.
Benefits of Sourcing Quality Herbs
Short-Term Advantages of Quality Ingredients
Using high quality herbs in your cooking will enhance the taste and flavor of your food, resulting in a much more enjoyable eating experience. They’re also more potent in your herbal remedies and recipes.
Furthermore, you won’t need to use as much of the herbs since they are so flavorful, reducing both the cost and amount of product used.
Long-Term Investment in Health and Well-being
High-quality herbs are packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can help support a healthy immune system.
By opting for organic or locally-sourced herbs, you are ensuring that your food is free from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, which can be harmful to your health over time.
We hope this helps you find herbs you can trust and feel happy with!