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Sizing Up Herbs

By Cook's Illustrated Published September 2008

Herbs come in all shapes, sizes, and weights. If a recipe call for 1/2 cup chopped basil, how many ounces should you buy? Here's a chart to help you gauge.

Woody Herbs

  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
Whole Leaves per 1/2 ounce: 1/2 cup Finely Minced Leaves per 1/2 ounce: 2—2 1/2 tablespoons

Leafy Herbs

  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Tarragon
  • Mint
  • Basil
Whole Leaves per 1/2 ounce: 3/4 cup Finely Minced Leaves per 1/2 ounce: 3 tablespoons

Other

  • Chives
Whole Leaves per 1/2 ounce: No whole leave Finely Minced Leaves per 1/2 ounce: 4 tablespoons

Delicate (fluffy)

  • Oregano
  • Marjoram

Whole Leaves per 1/2 ounce: 3/4 cup

Finely Minced Leaves per 1.2 ounce: 5 tablespoons