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Basil Lemon

Basil Lemon is great for drying and used fresh for cooking. It is an annual with a lemony scent and flavor. It grows 24" tall with pale green, fairly broad leaves and spikes of white flowers in the summer. It is an excellent container plant. Pinch to promote bushy growth.

You can pick leaves to use in cooking as needed. Basil lemon can be dried or frozen for later use. It is best if stored in vinegar or oil. Harvest sprigs just before the flowers open for the most intense flavor. Strip the leaves and either chop or leave whole. To freeze, fill each cell of an ice cube tray 3/4 full with the basil, then add hot water to cover (hot water helps the leaves retain their color). Remove frozen cubes from trays and store in a freezer bag until ready to add to recipe later.

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