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The essential ingredient in traditional pesto! A flavor of summer no herb garden should be without. Pinch off these fragrant herbs to pair with tomatoes and mozzerella for a quick caprese dinner salad.


Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an essential ingredient in many Mediterranean foods. Although basil grows easily from seed, you should plant seedlings if you're eager for herbs in early summer. To increase leaf yield, pinch back and use the leaves in cooking—the leaves near the top are the sweetest. When the plant flowers, remove the bloom to increase leaf production. Space plants about one foot apart. Most varieties grow to about 2 feet tall. Good basils to try are:'Sweet Green', 'Spicy Globe', or'Cinnamon'.


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