Basil Has Sprouted!
I was slow this year, but I finally started seeds indoors. The off and on spring weather outside has been such a tease, and I'm checking my sprouts daily to see what pops up. So far I've started tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, lavender, basil, and zinnias inside. The very first to sprout were
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My most used herb each summer is basil. I make large batches of pesto and freeze what I can't use. This selection from Renee's Garden, along with Basil, "Italian Genovese" Heirloom - Certified Organic Seeds have been my favorites. and are the only two varieties I will plant this year. I've enjoyed trying out other scents (like cinnamon and citrus basil), but don't really have much culinary use for them other than putting a sprig in summer cocktails. I did find that the citrus basil made a really well defined imprint in clay! If you want to experiment with varieties, you can purchase the Basil Lover's Seed Collection.
Towards the end of the season, I let some of my basil plants blossom and go to seed so I have plenty for the following year. Once the flowers are dried, I run my finger up the stem and drop the pods into a ziplock bag. However, if I'm growing several varieties, I don't do this because I want to avoid cross-pollination. Cinnamon and citrus basil don't taste right in pesto! This year I started with fresh pesto basil seed.
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