Fresh Opal Basil
Choose 1, 2, or 5lbs
Available Year Round
All basil varieties are best stored wrapped in paper towels, placed in a zip top bag, and kept in the warmest part of your refrigerator (frequently near the light).
For long term storage of opal basil we recommend freezing whole leaves individually following the instructions in How to Freeze Better at Home, then moving them to an air-tight container in the freezer for long term storage. Freezing will likely make the basil go limp and damage its color, but should preserve its flavor.
Up to a week fresh, several months frozen.
RECIPES & TIPS
Opal basil can be used like conventional basil in most preparations imparting a slightly different flavor and a very different color. To preserve it’s flavor, it should be served raw or added at the very end of the cooking process.
Try using opal basil in caprese salads, pestos, and on pizzas to add an exotic element to common Italian dishes.
All basil varieties are very delicate, and bruise easily. As such, we recommend using the leaves whole, tearing them, or using a chiffonade cut.