Why is sage drying so quickly?
My husband cut back our sage while it is in bloom and plucked the leaves from the branches. I spread them over napkins on a multilevel cake/cookie cooling rack. They are drying very quickly compared to other years.
Normally, I wait till after bloom is finished to do any harvesting because I want to enjoy the flowers. Sometimes I harvest a lot of leaves in the fall. I'm accustomed to needing weeks for either of these sage leaves to dry.
Why do you suppose the leaves are drying so quickly this year? Is it because the leaves are so much younger? Could it be because of the mostly cooler spring this year?
I think I might change my harvest habit if I can get the leaves out of the way so much more quickly.
When do you pick sage? I really do prefer to use sage dry rather than fresh, so I won't just pop out to the garden every time I want to use some.