Basil is thriving in my garden even now in late summer, in fact it’s flowering in abundance. Usually the flowers are trimmed off to keep basil from seeding and becoming leggy. However, by this time of year I have abandoned all pretentions of weeding, deadheading, and controlling the legginess of basil.
When the flower stems begin to extend high above the plant, I go out and chop them all off and either dry these interesting looking tips to use in the basil jar, or grind it up with olive oil and freeze it in the freezer as a great spice addition to my fall dishes.
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Recipe for Basil Cubes
One giant handful of basil flower tops
Put the basil in a blender, add approximately an equal amount of olive oil. Blend thoroughly into mush. Freeze in ice cube trays.
Include in any recipe that calls for basil. Awesome in chili or tomato sauce as well.
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There you have it – a simple way to prevent garden waste utilizing a plant bi-product that is normally thrown in the composter.
Leave a comment and let me know a few tips from your garden to prevent waste.
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