Basil is the second herb that I am highlighting in the easy, inexpensive to grow herb series. It grows well from seed and can be put in a medium to large pot alongside other herbs such as cilantro and dill. Basil is offered in a range of varieties of varying size and taste.
Some common varieties of basil that are available for seed packet planting include Sweet, Holy, Lemon, Purple Ruffles and Sweet Thai. To learn more about these varieties of basil, take a look at this article about basil varieties and their uses found at Hobby Farm.com.
Basil is a very versatile herb. The following are 5 foods that pair well with this herb.
- Pasta and many accompanying Italian sauces. A sprinkling of fresh basil in some jarred spaghetti sauce near the end of heating can bring a homemade, fresh taste to the sauce. Basil is also a core ingredient in pesto.
- Sliced tomatoes. In addition to sauce, tomatoes in many forms love fresh basil. Here is a yummy recipe from Ina Garten for Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad found on the Food Network site.
- Chicken. Cream-based sauces that include basil are particularly tasty over chicken.
- Fruit Salad. Basil works well with citrus-based dressings. Lime juice is a popular accompaniment to basil.
- Breads. From loaves to breakfast breads, basil fits right in to the mix. Stir It Up! offers a scrumptious recipe for Blackberry Scones with Cinnamon Basil.
This has been the second installment of my Easy, Inexpensive to Grow Herb Series. The first post focused on 6 Foods That Love Dill. Look for more herb features coming in the near future.