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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Start Your Basil and Basils Indoors: There is More Than One!

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5 Kinds of Basil - The Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik

Basil like the warmth and the nights here are to cool but... you can start them indoors right now.

There are many kinds of basil beyond the standard large leaf. I plant many kinds.

  1. Cinnamon Basil: Smell like it states and adds nice flavors to fish, salads and salsas.
  2. Lemon Basil:  Has a clear lemon taste that I enjoy in salsa.
  3. Large Leaf Basil: Your standard go to basil.
  4. Purple Ruffle Basil: Not as strong as Large Leaf but has a basil taste and is really appealing in salads and other dishes.
  5. Dwarf Bush Basil. A strong taste for small leaves. Great for cooking.

When in doubt for a recipe to use all the basil... Cooked white rice mixed with a roughly chopped mixed of all the above. Saute the basil for about 1 minute in olive oil, turn off heat and then add as much cooked rice as you'd like. Salt and pepper to taste. This is an easy outstanding side-dish.



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