Translating a 'sprig' of herb into more concrete measurements (2023)

How many leaves make a sprig? How many sprigs make a bunch? Recipes don't often call for a bunch of parsley or a bunch of watercress, but now that more recipes use herbs we often find the puzzling measure of a ''sprig'' of parsley, basil, thyme, or rosemary.

Parsley being a familiar herb, it is often used as a garnish. So it's easy to use the amount suited to your own taste.

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But when it comes to stronger and less familiar herbs, it's helpful to have a more specific measure than a ''sprig.'' Here are some recommendations.

A basil sprig is the top cluster on a stem including 3 or 4 leaves.

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A sprig of thyme, tarragon, or rosemary is 3 inches long or slightly less.

A sprig of parsley could be just one solitary leaflet.

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Chives, garlic, and dill can be cut or chopped to make the customary teaspoon or tablespoonful.

Seeds such as caraway, dill, and fennel are easily measured by spoon.

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Mint and coriander are often called for in sprigs, but except for garnishing, the more accurate measure requires that the herb be chopped to fit the spoonful measures.


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