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Sow the basil to get it all year round
Basil is one of the aromatic plants to which we do not know to renounce, perfect in almost all culinary preparations it gives a particular flavor and aroma to all preparations. Basil is a plant that does not expect certain cures and that adapts easily even to the narrowest of balconies. The best time to sow basil. It is late spring when the risk of night frosts has passed but with some stratagem we can try to preserve a map even in winter. It will be appropriate to prepare the soil, working it. Sowing in pots is recommended to avoid the risk that some animals, such as snails, eat buds that are very delicate. For sowing in the field it is advisable to always water in the morning. After preparing the soil, taking care to choose a very sunny place, it is preferable to fertilize it with a good mixture and wet it thoroughly. So let's sow the basil, spacing the seeds by 10cm and covering them with 2cm of soil. We water our seedling without wetting the leaves and as it grows we detach the flowers that form as they block the production of new leaves.
How to sow the plant in winter
Basil is an aromatic plant that best preserves its aroma when consumed fresh. We try to preserve a plant trying to keep the conditions favorable to it to make it grow even in winter. Having a bit of foresight we could preserve it and taste its leaves even in winter. We can move it on a warmer windowsill, near a wall of the house, possibly sheltered from cold currents and as much as possible in the light. Another effective trick is to use special towels to protect the earth, thus avoiding that the roots get frost. Remember to wet the plant during the hottest hours of the day and very little. If we live in areas where the climate is not too rigid this can be enough to preserve our basil. If instead the climate is very rigid we should move the plant in the house, perhaps behind the glass of a balcony, but paying attention to avoiding both cold drafts and sources of heat that could disturb it, such as radiators. The temperature should remain stable and the soil moist. Under these conditions our plant will continue to sprout, more slowly than it would have done in summer.
How to store it
If we had a good harvest, we can keep it in different ways so that it can be used in winter for our preparations. - We wash the leaves well and dry them with absorbent paper. We freeze in plastic bags or in airtight containers. - We wash the leaves well and dry them with absorbent paper. Let's use the container to make ice cubes by putting basil leaves sprinkled with oil. We freeze. - We put the leaves to dry and store them in a glass jar. - We wash the leaves well and dry them with absorbent paper. Place a first layer on the bottom of an airtight jar sprinkling it with salt. We form different layers depending on the basil available. We close the jar and shake to make the salt penetrate well. It is kept in any dry and cool place.
Uses and properties
Basil is appreciated all over the world for its unmistakable aroma, used in many recipes of Italian cuisine. Pesto, extra touch in any sauce, excellent even raw in a tomato salad. However, originally from India. Its name derives from the Greek 'basielus' or 'king'. Even used by the Romans as a medicinal herb in their famous baths. Basil is synonymous with love paid in different cultures. There are more than 60 varieties, the most common being sweet basil, less known is lemon flavored. Anise basil, red basil etc. Excellent used fresh, it should be added only at the end of cooking so as not to lose even a note. The leaves must be detached by hand from the plant remembering to always detach the upper ones and never the side ones. If we buy it dried, let's make sure that the scent is very intense. From various studies it is clear that the scent of its leaves lowers stress levels. It helps fight cholesterol and its essential oils are useful against acne and help in wound healing.