Time to Harvest Basil

Basil doesn’t like cooler weather. Lows tonight at around 40 degrees in the Treasure Valley may make it unhappy. So time to harvest. Here’s part of what I clipped yesterday.

I grow a lot of basil. While it’s popular to make pesto for the freezer, I dry mine. I sprinkle it on salads just about every day. This is how I used to do it.

That takes a lot of work. Now I stuff it into paper bags.

I check the bags in three weeks. Below is a three-week check. Not dry enough yet. You know it’s ready when it crumbles easily.

I do like pesto, but since I am the only family member who does, no need to make a bunch for the freezer.