Basil is America’s most popular herb, and for many of us, that means the familiar Sweet or Genovese Basil and its use in Italian and French cuisines. But there is a broader world of basils out there – different varieties, flavors, leaf sizes, and colors. Basils are important to many different cultures around the globe – beautiful garden basils; pollinator-attracting basils; and basils grown for function, for fragrance, and even for bouquets. Join Extension Master Gardeners Kathryn Kellam and Susan Wilhelm as they introduce you to a wider world of basils and explain how to care for, harvest, use, and preserve exciting new basils as well as familiar favorites.
Zoom session, recorded May 13, 2022
- Basils for Flavor, Fragrance and Flowers – pdf list of different basils mentioned in the video.
Select Resources for Basil
- Appling, Shawn. Herb Culture and Use. Publication 426-420. Virginia Cooperative Extension.
- Brust, Gerald. 2021. Fusarium Wilt in Basil. University of Maryland Extension.
- Extension Master Gardener Help Desk
- Halbe, Becky. 2021. Microgreens. Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia.
- Herb Supplement – A Guide to Growing and Using Herbs. 2022. Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia.
- Herbs. William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening. Missouri Botanical Gardens.
- Jackey, Beverly, Cheryl Bush and Shauna C. Henley. Harvesting and Preserving Herbs. University of Maryland Extension.
- McGrath, Margaret Tuttle. 2022. Basil Downy Mildew. Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
- National Center for Home Preservation
- Sanchez, Elsa and Kathy Kelley. 2007. Growing Herbs Indoors. Penn State Extension.
- Selection and Care of Herbs. University of Maryland Extension. https://extension.umd.edu/resources/yard-garden/herbs/selection-and-care-herbs
- Williamson, Joey. 2019. Basil Factsheet 1327. Clemson University Extension.
- Zepp, Martha. 2019. Freezing Herbs. Penn State Extension.
- Zepp, Martha and Andy Hirneisen. 2019. Let’s Preserve: Drying Herbs. Penn State Extension.