Local produce can be in season year-round with some products, and basil is one of them. We sell basil from numerous different hydroponic and outdoor farms, including Wisconsin Growers Co-op near Mondovi, Wisconsin, Living Waters Gardens in Wells, MN, Sin Fronteras Farm in Stillwater, MN, and Urban Greens from Minneapolis.
Basil is a highly fragrant and flavorful herb used in many dishes. The flavor comes from the oil in the leaves, and even if your basil gets a little wilted, it is still usable. The best way to store basil is to wrap it (unwashed) in a paper towel and place it in a loosely closed bag at room temperature. You can wash as needed for use. It can also be dried or frozen in oil for later use.
There are many kinds of basil, with Sweet basil and Thai basil being two of the most popular. These are commonly used in Italian and Southeast Asian cuisine. Another basil variety, Holy Basil, or Tulsi, is used for religious and medicinal purposes. It is used in Ayurveda and revered as an elixir of life in Hinduism.
Many typically use fresh sweet basil, the type commonly found year-round in our stores, on pizza, Caprese salads, pasta dishes, and for making pesto. However, a delightful way to use any variety of basil is in spring rolls. Spring rolls are fun and simple to make. Try this recipe, or alter it to your taste!