My basil has gone nuts this season (a good thing) but is now flowering
profusely. Will the taste be affected by flowering, like lettuce?
Can I just cut it way back with some shears and still have quality
I have a crazy growing Basil too. Basically I have been grabbing entire
stalks instead of leaves (I never really asked HOW I was supposed to do it
so I sort of just did my thing). If I keep doing this and never give it a
chance to bloom will it retain it's usefulness for awhile?
I made a salad the other night with no other kinds of leaves, just Basil.
I had heard the idea from somebody else. Basil, cherry tomatoes, onions
(I used green onions) some grated cheese, olive oil. ohhhh yeah
Basil is an annual. Once it finishes blooming, it dies. To delay
this, remove all flower buds before they open. Pernnial herbs such
as thyme, mint, sage, and rosemary survive quite well after
I found that basil flowers and flower buds are bitter, not as tasty
as the leaves. On the other hand, the flowers and buds of dill
(another annual) are at least as tasty as the leaves; dill seed is
often used as an herb.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
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