Basil has been hailed and feared since Greek and Roman times. Associated with everything from love and anger to wealth and warding off evil, basil is a favorite herb of many cooks and gardeners. Basil is a staple in Italian foods. One of my favorite recipes is sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil with olive oil. Simple and divine!
Very few bugs like basil, so it grows well. It’s an annual, but with a few flowers left to go to seed, it will reseed itself. In warmer climates, some basils grow like perennials, since there is no frost to kill them off. African Blue Basil is one of these. Its leaves are yummy and its flowers attract bees. African Blue Basil leaves do not get bitter if left to flower, like some other varieties do.
With over 30 kinds of basil, it’s fun to plant a variety, make pesto and throw a cocktail party to decide which basil makes the best pesto (spoiler: they’re all good). Each has a slightly different flavor from spicy to sweet and everything in between.
Basil can be grown indoors or out, in containers or in the ground. Just make sure it gets at least six hours of full sun every day. It’s one of the easiest herbs to grow and is perfect for beginners. In an ornamental container, indoor potted basil is an excellent addition to any kitchen decor and will smell amazing when touched.
To learn everything there is to know about basil, go to this site devoted to all things basil.