How to get the most leaves on your basil plant – and what to do with them

One of our favourite smells of summer, basil is easy to grow on a windowsill at home.

To maximise the number of leaves your basil plant grows, here is a simple tip of pinching out the top pair of leaves:

Now you have lots of this aromatic herb, what can you do with it?

Here are 15 dishes that feature basil.

But even after trying all those you have some left, you can make basil paste which freezes well. 

If you have bought basil or picked too much to use at once, place the stems in a glass of water (like cut flowers) or take the leaves off the stem, wrap them in paper towel (to protect them from the cold) and place them in a bag in the fridge.

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