Tips for growing, drying herbs and spices to avoid toxic metals

Herbs and spices can take your meals from nature to a family favorite. But here’s a warning: a Consumer Reports survey found potentially harmful heavy metals in some popular spices. Here’s more information on spices to watch out for and an easy way to avoid heavy metals.

Journalist: Keely ArthurPhotographer: Richard AdkinsProducer: strong Pritchardweb editor: Heather LeaJob — Updated

NEWS COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON. >> FROM SPICES, YOU CAN TAKE YOUR MEALS FROM THE GAME TO A FAMILY FAVORITE. WELL, HERE’S A WARNING, HOWEVER. CONSUMER REPORTS SURVEY DISCOVERS POTENTIALLY HARMFUL HEAVY METALS IN SOME POPULAR SPICES. 5 ON YOUR SIDE KEELY. ARTHUR EXPLAINS HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY’S FOOD IS HEALTHY AND SAFE. >> WE ARE AT THE STATE FARMERS’ MARKET. A GREAT PLACE TO SHOP BECAUSE YOU CAN SPEAK DIRECTLY WITH THE PEOPLE WHO GROW THESE ARE ANOTHER OPTION YOU CAN GET EARTHED. GO WITH HERE. SO IF YOU HAVE TAKEN THE TOP, 8 OR 10 INCHES, THE REST WILL CONTINUE. >> TO GROW GROWING YOUR OWN HERBS IS FUN. A FREE AND SAFE WAY TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN HEALTHY. WE WILL TEST IF THIS IS A GOOD THING TO USE BECAUSE IT IS ONE OR THAT. >> WITH SO MUCH TO DO IN CONSUMER REPORTS, TESTING APPROXIMATELY A 3RD OF STORE-PURCHASED SPICES. THEY HAVE BEEN FOUND TO CONTAIN ENOUGH POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS HEAVY METALS TO CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS WHEN CONSUMED REGULARLY IN TYPICAL SERVINGS. BUT WHY PLANTS CAN GET LEAD INTO THE SOIL AND GROUNDWATER WHERE THEY ARE GROWN AND THESE METALS CAN BE LIVED INTO HERBS AND SPICES DURING PROCESSING ON FACTORY MACHINES. >> 3 HERBS TURNED INTO A PROBLEMATIC STORE. BASIL TIME WITH OREGANO. THE GOOD NEWS THERE ARE ALSO SOME OF THE EASIEST TO GROW. YOU HAVE A SUNNY PLACE IN YOUR GARDEN OR YOUR JAR, YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT TO DO. SO. >> YOU CAN WRITE TO US SAFELY TO USE FRESH MARK PRYOR, SELL THE HERBS GROW WELL, IN SEPARATE POTS WITH A PLACE FOR DRAINAGE, SOME STONES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POT WITH A HOLE. >> IF YOU WANT TO ENSURE THAT THE HERBS PURCHASED FROM YOUR STORE ARE FREE OF HEAVY METALS. ASHER FARMER ABOUT THEIR SOIL BY AS WELL AS THE SEAL OF THE ORGANIC REVIEW INSTITUTE TO ENSURE IT’S RATED FOR HEAVY BATTLES. YOU CAN EVEN TEST YOUR SOIL YOURSELF. A HOME KIT. >> KEELY ARTHUR, 5 ON YOUR SIDE. >> BUT YOU CAN EASILY TAKE YOUR OWN HERBS TO WASH AND DRY IT THOROUGHLY, PLACE IT IN A POCKET BOOK FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, THEN STORE IT IN AIR-TIGHT CONTAINERS WHERE IT CAN LAST A FEW YEARS. YOU CAN

Terri S. Tomasini