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The best way to pick herbs is to keep in mind their
dignity. Don't just hack off careless handfuls, roots
and all, or you'll traumatize the plants.
Use scissors, shears, or sharp fingernails to snip
two- to three-inch springs from herbs such as thyme,
oregano, marjoram and rosemary.
-- "The Good Herb," by Judith Benn Hurley