Basil is a annual to perennial herb in the mint family, Basil is grown for its aromatic leaves. Basil is native to India and is widely grown as a kitchen herb. The leaves are used fresh or dried to flavor meats, fish, salads, and sauces. Basil tea is a good stimulant.
- annual - tender perennial
- full sun
- rich moist well draining soil
- average water
- harvest: leaves
Basil pairs well with chicken, eggs, lemon, garlic, olive oil, oregano, thyme, marjoram, onions, tomatoes, chili, pasta, bell peppers and pizza.
How to use?
- use whole leaves or shred them
- infused oil or vinegar
- herb butters
Avoid leaves that are drooping or blackened. Store about 2-3 days in damp paper towel or a plastic bag in the refrigerator vegetable crisper.