Harvesting Basil: Helpful Tips For How to Harvest and Preserve Basil From Your Garden

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Where would we be, culinarily, without the mint family? This gregarious and generous tribe of plants gives us such kitchen stars as thyme, lemon balm, oregano, and of course, the many piquant mints.

Vying for prestige as best of the family, however, is probably the large-leaved and aromatic basil. Sweet, spicy, attractive, a pollinator-magnet, a companion plant, and a versatile flavor in food and drink, basil’s role in the garden and kitchen is wonderfully varied.

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Basil aficionados will be quick to tell you that the grayish, dried stuff you buy for cheap at the store is little more than sawdust compared to the volatile, oil-rich handful of leaves straight from the garden. And if you too have experience growing and harvesting basil, you will quickly become a rightful sn...


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