How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Basil, in Season in August

July 30, 2015

Pesto wouldn’t be pesto without it! Caprese salad would just be a lonely plate of cheese and tomato if it didn’t exist! This time of year, we’re thankful that basil grows like a weed, and is in vast abundance at our farmers’ markets and CSAs.

Basil leaves turn black and spotty when on the way out, so keep a close eye on the bunch you pick up. Any partially-black leaves will quickly turn bad. Most basil is harvested by snipping off entire stems from the plant, so look for bunches that have plenty of perky leaves that…