Basil Genovese is great for drying or fresh use. It is one of the most popular herbs for pesto. It's high yielding, with a uniform growth habit and has highly scented sweet leaves. It's great for container plantings. This delicious, edible herb's culinary uses also include flavoring for sauces, soups and dressings. Pinch plant to promote bushy growth.
Harvest sprigs just before the flowers open for the most intense flavor. Strip leaves and either chop or leave whole. You can pick leaves to use in recipes as needed or freeze for later use. To freeze, fill each cell of an ice cube tray 3/4 full, add hot water to cover (to retain the leaves color), and freeze. Remove cubes from trays and store in a freezer bag or container to add to recipes later.
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