Last Fall I allowed my last crop of basil to go to seed and now I am reaping the benefits, having enough seed this year to start a new batch. Although this week is the beginning of Spring, I feel we are in for one more snow dusting. April 15th will be the day this Zone 7 gal pokes these babies into the ground and looks forward to another bumper crop of the green leaf by June. Other than repetitions of pesto and ensalada caprese, try Giada’s Italian Lemonade. I added much more water than she called for and really liked the crisp taste that basil brought to this Summertime favorite.
An Aside: I carried Italian Lemonade to a picnic with my folks last summer along with Boston Iced Tea and some water embellished with lemon wedges, cucumber, and parsley.
Dad’s comment, “What is in this lemonade?”
“Basil,” I said. He politely finished it while mom sipped the water muttering, “and don’t drink the water either!” Their generation does not handle progress well.