Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) used for blends requires good quality processing. The marshmallow herb that is typically sold in herbal shops contains the leaf with stems. This doesn’t matter if you drink it, but it produces much harsher smoke when burned. So, the key to good quality marshmallow is to have little to no stems and bigger veins in the herb. Unfortunately, due to difficult processing, less stems = higher price. Below you can see several examples of different quality marshmallow- from the herb to excellent, pure leaf.
In 2011 we have had such products in offer:
whole leaf hand-processed
cut leaf good quality
cut leaf standard
Also, it is worth mentioning that there are at least two varieties of marshmallow – dark green, common in north, and light green. At the moment we have both in stock.
Marshmallow whole leaf hand-processed
This variety of marshmallow is the most expensive one.
Marshmallow cut leaf – good quality
Marshmallow cut leaf – standard quality
Above is the marshmallow variety that is typically sold in herbal shops. It has some impurities (small twigs), but has also very good taste, and produces 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 the large amount of stems and twigs, it is the cheapest one. The smoke isn’t great, and it is difficult to roll. Not recommended. The amount of stems is about 50% of herb (by weight).