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basilBasil is truly an incredible herb. Basil is native to India and Asia, having been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years. It is enjoyed for its rich and spicy, mildly peppery flavor with a trace of mint and clove. Basil is an annual herb belonging to the mint family, with foliage that is easily bruised; just brushing against its foliage releases its wonderfully spicy fragrance.

Basils can be used in the herb garden, flower garden, as borders plants, in containers, raised beds, and in hanging baskets. Each variety of basil can add an accent to a garden.

Bring the wonderful fragrance of basil indoors by incorporating them in potpourris, sachets, and dried winter bouquets. Crush, chip or mince the leaves and add to recipes, or add whole leaves to salads, as fresh leaves can be used cooked or raw. Sprigs of basil make a wonderfully aromatic garnish. The flowers are beautiful, edible, and also make a unique garnish. Used traditionally in Italian, Mediterranean and Thai cooking, it is superb with veal, lamb, fish, poultry, white beans, pasta, rice, tomatoes, cheese and eggs and blends well with garlic, thyme and lemon. Basil adds zip to mild vegetables like zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, parsnips, spinach and to the soups, stews and sauces in which these vegetables appear. The Basil herb is grown conventionally at Alderman Farms in our sunny, well-drained and rich soils. It is a popular green and aromatic addition to our collection of herbs that we offer to our consumers.

Our Basil herb is available year around, and packed in a clamshell , or in 1 or 2 pound bags according to our customer needs, providing safe-handling for the herb’s delicate stems and leaves.