This procedures is somewhat similar to drying of pandan leaves.
– Select mature and good quality pandan leaves. Harvest using sharp knife or scissors.
– Wash thoroughly in running water to remove all adhering dirt . Shake to remove excess water.
– Arrange in slotted trays uniformly. Dry in front of electric fan to facilitate fast removal of residual water drops. This will also prevent microbial growth in leaves.
– Finally, dry in room temperature with adequate ventilation for one week. Drying time might take longer during the rainy seasons due to high air humidity.
– Pack in air tight container. I used aluminum pouch as my packaging.
The resulting product is still green anis leaves . Oven and sun drying is not recommended . These methods may turn your leaves to brown and alter its natural properties.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.