Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) used for blends requires at least good quality. Typically sold in herbal shops is marshmallow herb, which contains leaf and stems. It doesn’t matter, when you drink it, but it produce much more harsh smoke, when burned. So, one of the most important key in quality of marshmallow is to have low, or even no stem and bigger veins in a herb. But, due to difficult processing, if less stems, then more priced. Below you can see several examples of different quality of marshmallow, from the herb to excellent, pure leaf.
In 2011 we have had such products in offer:
whole leaf hand-processed
Also, you have to know, that they are at least two varietes of marshmallow – dark green, common in north, and light green. At the moment we have both on stock.
Marshmallow whole leaf hand-processed
Marshmallow whole leaf, hand-processed. Looks perfect.
Marshmallow leaf cut, hand processed. As you can see, it has virtually no stems, giving the lightest clouds possible with marshmallow.
But this variety of marshmallow is the most expensive one.
Marshmallow cut leaf – good quality
Very nice quality marshmellow. Only small amount of thin twigs (less than 1%). Finely cut leaf.
Marshmallow cut leaf – standard quality
Above is typically sold marshmallow. It has some impurites (small twigs), but has also very good taste, and produce light smoke.
This Marshmallow variety is similar to the previous one, but has more twigs. We call it Marshmallow leaf standard quality.
Marshmallow cut herb
This is Marshmallow herb cut. Because of large amount of stems and twigs. The cheapest one, but the smoke isn’t great, and is difficult to roll it. Not reccomended. Amout of stems is about 50% of herb (by weight).