Growing Basil in your herb garden is as easy and rewarding as growing herbs can be!

Genovese BasilBasil (Ocimum basilicum) was once believed to possess magical powers, and was considered by ancient peoples to be an elixir of love and a charm. The Romans recognized its healing properties and used it to aid digestion and counteract poisons. Basil enjoyed such a royal history it was buried with Egyptian Kings in the pyramids.

Plant Type: Basil

Growing Zones for growing basil in the usa:

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Propagation of Basil

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Harvesting Basil:

Drying Basil - Storing Basil

Culinary uses of basil:

In the kitchen, the flavor and aroma of fresh basil makes it popular in dishes such as tomato basil soup, pesto and any tomato-based sauces. Basil recipes abound; it blends well with a variety of dishes, from meat and fish to vegetables, soups, stews and sauces.

The following is one of my favorite recipes:

Bruschetta Pomodoro (Tomato Bruschetta)

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, except French bread and Chopped Basil. Cover and let stand for 30 min. Drain the tomato mixture. Lightly toast each slice of French bread. Top each bread slice with 1 Tbsp. of tomato mix and sprinkle with fresh chopped basil. For a treat each slice can be sprinkled with shredded Parmesan cheese!

Some Basil lore:

While basil dates back to biblical times, some cultures associated it with hatred and misfortune; others regarded basil as a love token. Whatever your belief, it remains a fact that basil is one of the easiest garden herbs to grow, and basil has more varied uses than most other garden herbs. Especially useful in your kitchen, your efforts will be rewarded again and again by Basil.