- Summer through first frost (October)
- Basil is a highly fragrant leaf often used as a seasoning herb or main ingredient in pesto.
- Basil is best stored on the counter in a vase, like a bouquet of flowers. It is best to use it as soon as it is picked.
- Stem, wash and dry basil leaves thoroughly. Flash freeze on a sheet pan for 1 hour, place in freezer bags.
- Or, pulse washed basil with a little olive oil. Pack purée into ice cube trays.