I checked on the basil a day ago and all was well. Today it flowered! Maximum production requires more pruning then I realized. The flowers are pretty but the prize on the basil plant are those delicious leaves. They are at their best, before the flower.
One of my favorite uses for basil is caprese salad, made with basil, mozzarella and tomatoes. It’s also delicious in pesto.
So when the sun goes down, the pruning shears come out. Can’t you just smell it?
How to make Caprese Salad.
Easy Pesto: Step by step
How to dry Herbs: I’ll stick with it fresh, but all you cooking gurus can give this a go.