How to Harvest Globe Basil


Globe basil refers to the growing habit of the basil, and is not limited to a specific variety. These plants produce a globe-shaped cluster of tiny leaves, and are sometimes referred to as miniature or bush basil. Spicy globe basil grows to a height of 8 to 12 inches and produces 1/4 to 1/2 inch leaves and white flowers. Harvesting globe basil differs from harvesting regular basil only by virtue of the size of the leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors (optional)
  • Harvest basil leaves at any time once the plant has produced at least 6 to 8 clusters of leaves and shows healthy growth. Clip a cluster of leaves free from the plant using care not to cut it back to the woody stem. New leaves only form on tender green stems.

  • Pick clusters of basil leaves for drying just as the flower buds form. Once basil blooms, much of its intense flavor dissipates.

  • Gather clusters of basil leaves in the morning after the dew has dried. Flavor is more intense in the morning when the plant is well-hydrated and fresh.

  • Trim the overall shape of globe basil with a pair of scissor or garden shears at any time. Use the trimmings as seasoning in your favorite recipes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clip blossoms from globe basil as soon as they appear, to encourage healthy growth.
  • Wash fresh basil leaves in cold water and place the cuts stems in a glass of water to keep them fresh until ready to use.
  • Dry clusters of basil leaves between layers of salt to create basil-flavored salt.
  • Add basil to vinegar to create a spicy vinegar for cooking.
  • Basil does not dry well and may loose its rich, green color when dried.

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