Fall Basil

I always have an excess of  basil in my garden at the end of  the summer.  I usually turn it into pesto but what else can that delicious herb be used for?  Some people drink Basil juice for its antioxidants; it can help reduce the levels of glucose in the blood.  This juice can also help with kidney stones, but it is not a quick fix; expect to drink it for 5-6 months before the stones are eliminated.

Apparently basil can be used as a mosquito repellent.  I wish I had known that in July!

I think I will try my hand at “Garden vinegar”, a mix of fresh herbs and apple cider vinegar.  This seems like a quick way to use up many of the herbs in my garden before the frost threatens them.

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon finely shopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon grated fresh horseradish
1 cup apple cider vinegar

Chop fresh herbs as finely as possible.
Fill a glass jar with the herbs and pour vinegar over the ingredients.
Make sure that the vinegar covers the ingredients by at least a couple of inches.
If you are using a metal lid, cover the opening of the jar with 2 sheets of wax/greaseproff paper, and then put the lid on, of use plastic lids.
Store vinegar in a coll, dark place for one month.
Shake it once in a while and occasionally check to see if you need to add more vinegar as some if it may have been soaked up by the plant material.

Adapted from The Herbal kitchen : 50 easy-to-find herbs and over 250 recipes to bring lasting health to you and your family

Other books that might interest you:

The beginners guide to edible herbs : 26 herbs everyone should gro and enjoy
Fresh Herb cooking
The Herb garden gourmet
Herbaceous : harvesting tips and recipes for healthy living
A handful of herbs : inspiring ideas for gardening, cooking and decorating your home with herbs


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