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The Magic of Basil

Explosively Flavorful…Surprisingly Nutritious

Fresh, fragrant basil is a kitchen staple in cultures across the globe. There are more than 60 different varieties, each with their own flavor and color profile. Work basil into your daily diet, because those little leaves contain heaps of vitamins and minerals that boost your body’s function, including Vitamins K, A and C, plus calcium, iron, folate, copper, manganese and magnesium.

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Growing Tips

  • Plant outside when soil is at least 50°F.
  • Basil needs to be planted in a sunny location that gets at least 6 hours of full sun.
  • Soil should be moist and well-drained.
  • Pinch off flower heads as soon as they appear, allowing leaves to continue to grow.

Harvesting

  • Start picking leaves once plant is 8″ tall.
  • Pick leaves regularly to encourage growth. Even if you don’t need them, pick the leaves and freeze them.
  • The best method to store basil leaves, if you’re not using it right away, is to freeze in an airtight, resealable bag.

Recommended Varieties

All available at Haggen

  • Italian Large Leaf Basil is a warrior in the garden and is known for strong yields of large, pointed, wrinkled leaves. Versatile enough to use in any dish.
  • Lime Basil is a compact, heat-tolerant plant with bright green leaves. This basil adds a unique citrus flair to fish, poultry and salads.
  • Red Rubin Purple Basil has deep purple leaves and a compact habit. This basil has a stronger flavor than sweet basil, and is most appealing in salads or as garnishes.
  • Thai Basil is sturdy and compact with narrow leaves. It has a distinct anise and licorice flavor that holds up under high temperatures.

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