basil

Sweet Italian Basil

Sweet Italian Basil

Spicy mildly peppery flavor with a hint of mint.

Widely used in Italian dishes, salads and pestos.  Minced leaves in melted butter are great on peas, green beans and other green veggies.  Add to soups, fish or steaks just before serving.  Add a small spring when canning or freezing tomatoes.

Dried leaves can be used in potpourri.

The flowers are both savory and sweet and taste great with fruits or in salads.

When planted near tomatoes, helps improve their growth and flavor.

Repels white flies, aphids, fruit flies, tomato hornworms, mosquitos, thrips, fleas and asparagus beetles.

To keep fruit flies off fresh picked fruit and vegetables, place a sprig of basil over the top.

Attracts butterflies, bees and beneficial insects.

Sweet Italian Basil is our most popular herb and is the most commonly used for culinary dishes.

Thai Basil leaves have more of a spicy anise-clove flavor.  The purple stems and blooms add a touch of color to any garden.  It can be used in any dish that sweet basil is used in.

Amethyst Basil has purple leaves and stems.  Used mostly in pestos and salads to add a punch of color, but can be used in any dish.

 

growing
  
  

Thai Basil

Thai Basil

 

ANNUAL – Can also be grown as a HOUSEPLANT in a sunny window

FULL SUN

Plant in well drained soil and water when dry

Pinch back to promote bushiness

 

harvesting

  
  

Basil Amethyst

Basil Amethyst

 

Harvest leaves, stems & flowers at any time.  Does not store well once cut.

Freeze in ice cube trays with melted butter, olive oil or water.  Store cubes in freezer bags.

Dry in cool, dark place so leaves don’t turn brown.  Store in air-tight opaque container.  Dried basil loses a lot of its flavor.  Use within six months.

 

health-uses

  
  

Two tablespoons provide 25% of your daily needs of Vitamin A, K and C.

Contains antioxidant,  anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

Contains flavonoids for health benefits.

Anti-fungal – use externally infused in oil for athlete’s foot

Insect Repellent – use externally infused in oil on skin

Insect Bites & Stings – leaf rubbed on bite relieves itching and pain

Digestive Aid – tea relieves nausea, constipation and indigestion

Nervous System – tea relieves anxiety and calm nerves

Headaches – tea relieves tension headaches

 

recipes

  
    
  

Tea – Steep one teaspoon in a cup of boiling water

Wine – Steep a few leaves in a glass of wine for several hours as a tonic

Basil Pesto  Use with a great loaf of bread or in pasta.

Basil Wraps

Chicken and Basil Stir Fry

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad

Lemon Basil Shrimp Pasta

Basil Lemon Granita

Corn Basil Cakes

 

 

 

 

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