|Basil on its way to the dehydrator|
Mr. Big Food asked the other day if I had dried any thyme. I had not, primarily because I have enough fresh English thyme to last a life time. He commented that dried thyme was “crazily” expensive. So since there are occasions when dried is preferable to fresh– like when it’s raining– I dried some thyme.
I also took stock of the rest of our dried herbs. Good Lord! I had no idea we were almost out of basil. Not to worry, though. I have plenty of fresh.
Mr. Big Food’s remark about the expense of dried herbs got me wondering just how much good quality, heirloom, organically grown herbs cost. So I went a-lookin’ around the World Wide Web. Holy Moly!!
I looked only at one site, Localharvest.com, which offers a lot of products from a lot of smaller farms. Very nice if for those interested in local products. Mr. Big Food was correct. Dried English thyme is crazily expensive.
Prices per ounce:
Greek oregano $2.49
English thyme $3.75
I sure do feel sorry for folks who don’t grow their own herbs. Well. That’s a lie. I can’t think of any good reason not to grow at least some of your favorite herbs.
|A patch of cilantro that self-seeded from this spring’s planted patch.|