Growing and Cooking Tips with Basil

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo- The summer heat and drought were not kind to basil this year, but for those plants that survived, it is a delicious addition to many summer dishes.

Growing Basil

  • Grown as an annual in this area; easy to grow
  • Needs full sun and supplemental irrigation during dry periods
  • Can be grown indoors in a sunny window
  • Can pinch off flowers for a bushier plant

Uses for Basil

  • Pesto, tomato basil salad, served fresh on pasta dishes
  • Many different cultivars and flavors
  • Can be dried

For more information call 417-874-2963 or visit extension.missouri.edu

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