How to Harvest the Herb Basil

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Basil, a typical herb, can be used in food to spice it up, as well as increase fragrance. Learn to harvest this herb easily with help from a registered herbalist in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Bob Linde. I'm an herbalist and an herb grower. Today, I'm going to talk to you about how to harvest basil. Primarily it's used fresh so really you don't need to dry it although you can dry it in a nice warm dry environment and making sure that it's not in the light but the number one tool that we need is a good pair of scissors. And so once our herb has grown to at least six inches I often times like it to grow a little bit larger than that, we can go ahead and just snip right below the leaves and harvest as much as we need for that day's meal. The nice thing is is it starts to sprout into two pieces and will end up getting bushier and bushier as we go. It's important that you have enough basil plants in order to harvest around a number of different plants so that we don't over harvest any one single plant. So, all we need is some scissors to occasionally clip from there, have enough plants to work from and we can enjoy harvesting basil every day to add into so many of our culinary dishes. This is Bob Linde, talking to you about how to harvest basil.

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