Storing Fresh Basil from Del Cabo
Basil does not like cold temperatures or contact with moisture, both of which can cause the leaves to blacken. The ideal storage temperature is between 50—55°F so a cool room is preferable to your refrigerator. If your basil is bunched, try trimming the stems slightly and placing the "bouquet" in just enough water to submerge the ends, while keeping the leaves dry. A plastic bag placed loosely over the top will further extend the life of your fresh basil. If your basil is in a container, remove it and either use the "bouquet" technique described or place it in a plastic bag leaving the top of the bag open enough to help prevent condensation from forming. If the room temperature is too warm, place the loosely closed bagged basil in the refrigerator. Always wash basil just before using.
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