Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that a column on tomatoes would trigger reader remarks about basil. The two are summertime essentials for many of us.
And they’re equally easy to grow.
So to last week’s call to plant your tomatoes, add basil, too. Like tomatoes, basil is a summertime pleasure that is versatile and nutritious.
Fragrant basil leaves are used as an herb for seasoning other foods. One of the most common ways they’re used is in pesto – a blended paste made from pine nuts, olive oil, basil and Parmesan cheese – mixed into pasta dishes and as a flavorful sandwich spread.
Basil is a rich source of vitamin K and manganese, and it’s high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, folate, iron, calcium and several other nutrients.
Like tomatoes, you’ll find seedlings at garden stores. And like tomatoes, there are dozens of varieties.