Genovese basil is a common variety. Lemon basil has a citrus flavor and is good in desserts. Thai basil has a strong licorice flavor. Cinnamon basil has a sharp flavor. Try all the varieties of basil!
How to Select
Look for fresh, vibrant green leaves with no dark spots or signs of decay.
How to Store
Do not rinse for storage. If stems are attached, cut ends and place in glass of water. Use fresh as needed. Wrap leaves in paper towels and refrigerate in a plastic bag with some air holes. To freeze for later: blanch whole leaves for 2 seconds and freeze in plastic bag or freeze chopped leaves in ice cube tray with water. Do not thaw before use
How to Prepare
Rinse leaves in cold water. Eat raw: Chopped or whole in salads, dressings, sandwiches, wraps & fresh sauces. Eat cooked: Chop or tear leaves and add to cooked dishes at the last minute for strongest flavor. Add to sauces, soups, curry, casseroles, pasta and tomato dishes, stir-fries and mixed vegetables. Use for pesto or bruschetta.