❁ In bulk foods, you can buy a small amount to use while the flavor is strongest. Or try something new.
❁ Check for a “BEST by” date on packaged spices and herbs. They are still safe after the date but the flavor will be weaker.
❁ Fresh herbs should be a color typical for the herb. Avoid wilted or yellowed leaves.
❁ If you garden, grow some herbs. Try basil, parsley, chives and others in the ground or a container.