Dwarf variety, extended cutting season. Annual, dark green plant is fern-like, with finely divided, feathery leaves, and compact growth habit. Grows 18-24" tall. Valued for its extended cutting season. Plant after danger of frost has passed. Grown mainly for its foliage, used in soups, salads, and home canning.
The leaves can be harvested after the plant is established in the garden. Clip leaves close to the stems early in the morning or in the evening. Dry by spreading freshly cut leaves onto a non-metallic screen in a warm, dark place to dry. This can take a few days or several weeks, depending on the moisture content of the herb. Test for dryness by crushing a leaf between your thumb and finger. It should have a crispy, crackly sound and feel. If in doubt about how dry it is, preheat oven to its lowest setting, turn off and put the herbs in the oven on a cookie sheet for 5 minutes or so. Place leaves in an airtight container. Fresh leaves can also be frozen for later use. Seeds can be harvested 2-3 weeks after the flowers bloom.
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