Basil at its best

By Lauraine Jacobs In Recipes

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14th February, 2013
With its brilliant green leaves and heady aroma, basil captures the essence of summer. Although supermarkets offer this soft, leafy herb year-round, most of the plants are grown hydroponically, so never attain the degree of punchy aniseedy flavour of the outdoor plants we grow in our gardens over summer. I have a large earthenware pot on my deck planted with three varieties: the common sweet basil; opal basil, with dark-purple leaves; and lemon basil, which has citrusy notes that make it a lovely addition to drinks and desserts. We’ve enjoyed the basil that’s found its way into our ...

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