I learned to dry plantain plant in my oven this week. Drying plantain plant is super easy to do! We have a ton of it growing on our property, but I can’t use it all at once. Since plantain is a great first aid plant I want to use it as much as I can. Let me just say that I did not edit this picture to be this bright green. It just is. and it kind of hurts my eyes.
To dry plantain plant all you have to do is harvest some plantain. You can cut it at the base with scissors or a knife. I didn’t have either when I found all of the plantain in the back, so I just snapped the leaves off or used my nails to pinch off the leaves. Look at the base of this plant! Love the purple color and look at the fibers coming out of the stem. Amazing.
So take your plantain plant home after you harvest it. Some people say harvest ‘on a sunny day after the dew has dried.’ basically, some people have rules on when to forage a plant, but I just say, go when you can, and if it’s rainy (like it was when I was out), it’s okay. Dry your plant off with a towel when you get home. NBD, right? Just leave enough for the plant to continue growing. Don’t be greedy.
You can lay your plantain on a cookie sheet or in a cake pan. I did both. It’s okay if your leaves overlap a little bit. They will shrink up in the oven.
How to Dry Plantain Plant
Turn your oven to the lowest setting. Mine is 170° F. All I did was put my leaves in their and check on them every 40 minutes or so until they were dry–they should crumble or snap when done. It took a few hours. You can see the difference in the dried plantain vs the fresh plantain.
Chop up your dried plantain and store in an airtight container. You can also use this to make vinegar!