Basil (Aylmer) - .25lb
Basil, or sweet basil, as it is known, is the most popular and common of all culinary basil cultivars. It grows heart shaped leaves that can be harvested at the size of a fingernail up to four inches in length. Basil has highly aromatic qualities and flavor profiles; the wide range of distinctive fragrances within its chemical makeup emit notes of citrus, clove, anise and cinnamon, all providing a sensory memory that sets basil apart from other herbs.
Basil leaves are used as a digestive as well as an antibacterial aid. Its oils are also extracted for their aromatherapy qualities.
Basil is a sensitive and delicate herb that should only be used fresh as once it is dried, it loses its aromatics properties. It should be used raw, either whole, chopped or crushed in a paste as it is fragile and cooking it changes its value in flavor and color. Add chopped basil to diced onions and fresh tomatoes, then cook into sauce and serve over pasta. Puree fresh basil into pesto with pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and parmesan, the serve with grilled vegetables or toss with pasta. Mix ricotta with chopped basil and garlic, then stuff in squash blossoms, batter and fry until crisp. Toss fresh corn kernels, chopped tomatoes and onions with thin ribbons of basil for a side salad. Basil will keep, dry and refrigerated, for up to a week but is best when used immediately.