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Lemon Basil
Recipes and Tips

Here are just a few tips and recipes for using fresh Lemon Basil. You can find many more recipes on our recipes page.

Quick Tips:

  • The perfect garnish for citrusy sweets.
    Lemon basil tastes as gorgeous as it looks when perched atop a scoop of store-bought lemon ice cream or sorbet.
  • When life gives you lemons, make lemon basil lemonade.
    Just combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water and heat until sugar is dissolved. Add 1 cup of fresh lemon juice, 3 cups of water, and ¼ cup of lemon basil leaves. Serve over ice.
  • Give lemony-fresh flair to white rice.
    Add 2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of salt, and ¼ cup of chopped lemon basil to 2 cups of cooked white rice.

Lemon Basil recipes:

Creamy Lemon Basil Pasta
Lemon basil lightens up the creamy Alfredo-like sauce in this pasta dish, which is perfect for a summer supper.
Lemon Basil Panna Cotta
The subtle lemon flavor of these creamy, chilled desserts make them the perfect after-dinner delicacies for sultry summer nights. A garnish of fresh, tart blackberries accentuate their citrus-sweetness.
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  1. Deborah Zakheim
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Purchased lemon basil last year at Whole Foods.
    Where can I get it today.

    • FreshHerbs
      Posted July 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      Lemon basil is a special summer item for us. If you are close to a Whole Foods, Meijer or a Shop Rite store, you should be able to find some plants. Please let us, and others, know where you find the plants! Thanks.

    • mendi clarkston
      Posted August 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      I have a bunch in my garden

    • anglel
      Posted May 24, 2013 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      plant it fresh. it comes back every year.

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