Basil is one of the most popular herbs, used in just about every kind of cooking. The perfect complimentary ingredient for recipes that use tomatoes. This basil makes spectacular Asian dishes, especially with rice, with its wonderfully aromatic, lime scented leaves. Height to 8-20" A must for any gardener!
Basil is Native to Europe
Basil is Common in America by the 1700's
Salads, Pesto, fresh, frozen and dried, dressings
How to harvest and store your basil
The essential oils of the plant are at their peak early in the morning making this the perfect time for harvest mature leaves. While harvesting pinch back the growing tip of the plants which will stimulate branching and make a fuller more bushy plant. Basil leaves can be used fresh or dried. Another method of storage is to grind them up in a food processor and place in ice cube trays with a little water and freeze. Once frozen they can be removed to freezer bags and used for that “fresh” basil taste anytime of the year. Leaves can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.