This is the time of year I find myself drying herbs. In part, it is because I tend to come across special, unusual varietals in the spring and summer - caraway thyme, pineapple sage, fresh coriander. Some will appear for a week or two, then aren't seen again for another year...
A light broth perfect for summer seasoned with miso - chopped lemongrass, shallots, ginger, tomatoes, and coriander. It is beautiful served straight, but also works wonderfully as a base for noodles, poached eggs, or rice soup
The flowers of the elderberry plant - Sambucus nigra - are tiny pale stars. Thousands of the small blossoms form intensely aromatic galaxies this time of year, and if you're lucky, you'll come across some. I use mine to infuse vodka.
A homemade blend of detoxifying mint tea - green tasting from mint and coriander, and fennel-sweet. It has layered peppery-ness from black peppercorn and freshly muddled ginger. I've been brewing this quite a bit lately, and took it in a thermos on our drive to Big Sur.