Beautiful, Bountiful Basil

Herbs & Ingredients

  The big heat of Summer is here, the time that Basil begins growing with beautiful bounty! We’ve just started delivering bunches to the co-op and I’m happily munching as much as I can. I’m a pretty serious Basil hound, using fresh leaves like lettuce and smearing pesto on anything I can. Good old sweet ‘Genovese’ Basil is my standard, but it’s […]

July 7, 2017

Purple Basils have more fun

Herban Gardening

  Somebody has been chewing the Genovese basil, but not the Dark Opal. That somebody is missing out! Dark Opal basil is totally delicious. It’s said to have a stronger anisey taste, but I don’t notice a difference. Of course, I pile basil leaves on sandwiches like other people do lettuce so maybe an overwhelmingly-strong basil flavor is […]

July 28, 2016

Herbal Lore: Basil

D.I.Y., Herbs & Ingredients

  When I say “basil”, do you think “pesto”? Pesto made with sweet basil just happens to be one of my most long-standing addictions, but with over 50 different varieties (possibly as many as 150!) distributed around the world, basil is about much, much more…. Since ancient times, basil has found its way into our […]

September 26, 2012

Today’s Harvest Basket

Herban Gardening

  Here’s today’s garden harvest: Basil, Wormwood and Mugwort. Basil’s for pesto, Wormwood’s for absinthe, and the Mugwort I’m infusing into oil while still fresh for a massage oil that helps with lower back pain, menstrual cramps and neck stiffness.  

July 27, 2012