How to Select and Store
- For the tastiest basil choose fresh over the dried. Look for fresh vibrant and deep green leaves without darks spots or yellowing.
- Buy organically grown basil; being leafy this means that if pesticides have been used they will be highly absorbed. Also, it has not been irradiated which decreases in its vitamin C and carotenoid content.
- Store fresh basil, wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel in the refrigerator or in a glass of water at room temperature out of direct sunlight. Basil may be frozen, whole or chopped, in airtight containers. Some people freeze the basil in ice cube trays covered with either water to be added when preparing soups or stews.
- Store dried basil in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark and dry place where it will keep up to six months.
- Grow a basil plant in the backyard for fresh leaves whenever you need some.