Sweet Basil is great used fresh in cooking and is easy to dry for later use. It is an annual, about 18" tall with light-green, fairly broad leaves. Spikes of small white flowers usually appear from July to August. Pinch flower spikes to promote a bushier plant. Basil requires a well-drained soil.
Harvest sprigs just before the flowers open for the most intense flavor. Strip leaves and either chop or leave whole to use in recipes. Basil can also be frozen for later use by filling ice cube trays 3/4 of the way and then adding hot water to cover (hot water helps leaves retain their color). Save frozen cubes in a freezer bag or container to use later.
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