In Idaho, a wide variety of culinary herbs are grown in greenhouses and outdoors. Greenhouse production means you can get some local herbs almost year-round, but most are grown outdoors and available seasonally. Purple Sage Farms in Middleton, one of Idaho’s largest herb producers, has begun to dry herbs to further extend availability. Find Idaho herbs in grocery stores and at farmers markets.
For a list of Idaho Preferred herb producers click here.
Fresh Herbs Basics
What to Look for: Fresh herbs are delicate. Look for herbs that are bright green and appear to hold their shape. Avoid herbs that are browning or wilting.
How to Store: Wash herbs with a salad spinner in cold water. Swirl the herbs gently around in the water to loosen any debris. Drain the water, then spin the herbs dry and lay them on a layer of paper towels. Pat gently with more paper towels to blot away any excess moisture. Store by arranging lengthwise in a single layer on a slightly damp paper towel, rolling them up like a jelly roll, then transfer the bundle to a plastic sealed bag and store in the refrigerator.
Fun Facts about Idaho Mint
Idaho ranks 3rd in the nation for mint production with 13,000 acres harvested annually.
Idaho grows both spearmint and peppermint.
Toothpaste, mouthwash, and chewing gum manufacturers use about 90% of all mint oil.
One drop of mint oil can produce over 30 sticks of gum.