Friday, August 24, 2012

I love basil!


One of my favorite herbs is basil. It's plentiful right now. It's easy to grow and there are many different varieties. The one I like the most is the giant Italian Basil. I've also grown lemon basil, purple basil, genovese, pistou (really tiny leaves in a shorter, bushy plant), and cinnamon. They all have slightly different taste.

We had a customer who would get lots of  basil every week. I asked her what she did with it. She told me that she tied the stems together and hung each bunch by a curtain rod in every room of her house. Pass the tomatoes and mozzarella, please!

I like to use basil in sauces, ratatouille, and even jelly. What do you like to use basil in?

14 comments:

  1. Caprese Salad! Yummy! Oh, and pesto.

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  2. Oh my, basil is also my favourite herb and what a goodie it is. I grew so much of it last year that I still have plenty left in the freezer. I freeze it obviously. I wash it and spin it in the salad spinner and I measure 4 pack cups of leaves and add a cup of extra virgin oil and put it through the food processor and freeze as a pesto base. I put it in plastic containers that are freezer friendly.

    I make a lots of pesto. I use pesto sauce in spaghetti, in Chicken pesto pizza, on crackers even on chicken wraps. I LOVE pesto but I don't use pine nuts anymore because of a bad reaction I had with my taste bud but that's another story. I use sunflower seeds instead.

    Have Wenderfull day.
    Hugs, JB

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  3. That should be 4 cups of packed leaves JB

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  4. i like it in spaghetti sauces and on pizza. :)

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  5. I grew some lemon basil last year, and though I love lemon flavour and love basil flavour, I wasn't keen on the two mingled. I have (just) basil this year - mostly, it's been used in sauces, but the smell of it in the greenhouse is simply wonderful. It's worth growing just for that!

    I'm learning from all the other ideas on here :)

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  6. Hi there, I too have grown to love basil-something I acquired a taste for in the last 10 yrs or so. I love making pesto and freezing it but also using it in Quinoa salads or even just with tomatoes. Have a great weekend.
    Noreen

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  7. I've never grown herbs, but think I might give it a try next summer!!! Basil in tomato sauce....on spaghetti...yum!!!

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  8. I like it in sauce and pizza. Since I am a total ding-dong, I didn't grow any this summer, like I always have!

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  9. Grew it for the first time this year. It went crazy & I have lots left over. Does anybody know how to dry it? If I could learn how, I have so much this year I may never have to buy it again...LOL

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    1. Thanks for the drying advise Patrice :o) I'm trying the pesto ideas from above too.

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  10. Nothing, but I do recognize it when I see it. A lot of people say it's easy to grow.
    I had no idea there were so many varieties.
    Have a great weekend, Patrice!

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  11. I use it in loads of soups, stews and nearly everything Italian. But I never heard of hanging it near the windows...might have to consider this one.

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  12. I LOVE pesto and that's where my basil goes. Unfortunately, it's gone for this season so I've got basil envy while visiting here -LOL-.

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  13. my mom and stepdad grew lemon basil this year so we've been eating it with everything!

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