Many women (perhaps all) in my part of the world find removing leaves from coriander/mint a VERY tedious job. They believe cooking is much easier if they find coriander/mint 'ready'.

We use the words (verbs) clean or prune here. Something like this:

  1. It took me an hour cleaning/pruning the mint.
  2. Pruning a thick bunch of coriander is not an easy job.

Could you please tell me the natural expression(s) for this task? "Removing leaves from the stem" sounds too long and boring and practically represents the task.

What about 'pruning'?




Prune means to cut the branches from a bush or tree to make it grow into a more desirable shape, to remove dead wood, or so it will bear more fruit or flowers.

Generally chefs chop mint and other herbs to add to cooking. For plate decorations, they strip the leaves from the stem, to cut sprigs.



You "strip" an herb when you take the leaves off. It took you an hour to strip the mint. It took me fifteen minutes to stip a small bunch of parsley. I threw the coriander in the trash because it tastes like stinkbug sweat.

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