Pick and Store Basil
Of all of the summer herbs, basil has to be one of the US favorites, I see it offered for sale at most farmer’s markets and growing in friends gardens.
I love the herb myself so I have my own supply growing where it can do double duty, potted in with my tomato plants. Basil plants (Ocimum basilicum) can help tomato plants overcome insects and disease and can improve tomato growth rate and flavor.
Basil is wonderful both fresh in salads and added to a variety of recipes from soups to breads.
I don’t necessarily remember to keep my growing basil pinched so that it grows bushy but that’s one way to extend the life of the herbs.
Pinch off the basil above the growing nodes to encourage more bushy growth.
Once cut, wash with spray water and place in vase with water and allow to dry.
Pop the cuts into a plastic bag and place the vase with basil in a plastic bag into the refrigerator.
The basil will remain fresh and accessible for your use.