Date: December 11, 2016
Basil is a dark green leafy herb. Its highly fragrant leaves are used as a seasoning herb for a variety of foods, but have become ever popular as the main ingredient in pesto. It goes well with all the summer vegetables, also, cheeses, chicken, pasta, rice, and eggs. We grow two varieties of basil, Thai and Italian. Store in a jar filled with water on the kitchen counter.
Italian basil is the perfect summer herb has wide fragrant leaves. The leaves bruise very easily so don’t wash or chop them until just before you need them. Add at the end of cooking.
Thai basil has narrower, pointy leaves topped with gorgeous purple flowers. This type basil is not typically eaten raw because cooking releases the intense flavor. It is used in stir-fries and spicy soups.