Harvesting Chamomile

Harvesting Chamomile

This is four days worth of harvesting German Chamomile. The gathering of plants are on their first year of growth [Start of Seedlings: Jan. 2014]. In no time, the harvesting shall be something quite numerous. πŸ˜€ More than likely in the nearby future, every day my harvesting of these small flower heads may appear overwhelming. πŸ™‚

Harvesting Chamomile is quite easy. Simply use a simple sharp pair of scissors for the job. You do not need to purchase herb scissors of any kind. πŸ™‚ In the beginning, you can place the small collection of Chamomile in a porous small bowl. Wooden is best. Make sure to shake the bowl lightly once or twice a day to help drying and to make sure the petals and main head do not rot.

A dry, shady place in your home is best while drying. Once the gathering of flowerheads have grown to the point of an inch- you will need to lay them out on a newspapered tray with holes.
I use a drying rack for clothes to place the flat trays down on. Keep away from sunlight.

Hanging them up to dry is a second option. Once the flowers are dry, snip the flower heads and save in a sealed container, such as a mason jar, free of moisture and store in a cool location.

More information on preserving German or English Chamomile can be found here:

Preserving Herbs: Drying Fresh Chamomile/Manzanilla

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