The last few weeks have brought plenty of fresh basil. Basil, an annual herb, has a strong flavor that pairs well with both savory and sweet foods. Like green vegetables, it is high in vitamin A, C, magnesium, and calcium. Basil is high in antioxidants, making it anti-inflammatory.
Basil is easy to grow and maintain. It will continue to produce throughout the season if cared for properly and can also be maintained in the home throughout the winter. There are endless uses for fresh basil! It makes a fun addition to cocktails, can be used for a variety of pestos, and is even great in desserts. If you wish to preserve your basil, it can be dried, made into herb butter, or frozen as pesto. We had some fun gathering recipes this week!