Harvesting basil seeds

As the chilly weather consumes Toronto, our balcony garden is coming to an end. The green tomatoes seem to have given up their quest to reach redness. The little cucumbers and zucchinis have settled as miniatures. But oh, the basil plants are now perfect for harvesting seeds.

We stopped pinching off the basil flowers back in August. The flowers eventually grew to be spiky stalks with pods of seeds.

It's so satisfying to be able to harvest your own seeds! And now that it's getting chilly out, we're hoping to have some indoor basil plants.

It's really amazing how many seeds you get from one tiny pod. And then how many pods are on a stalk. And then how many stalks sprout from one basil plant. We're going to have enough basil seeds for eternity. Or, we share!

If you'd like some basil seeds to plant indoors this season (or to hang onto for spring) leave me a comment sharing how you like to use basil! I'll mail out 3 pouches of basil seeds! Happy Thanksgiving!

Emily  – (October 7, 2011 at 5:22 PM)  

I want seeds... for pesto and basically any dish with tomatoes. Yum.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs Niles and Juanita  – (October 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM)  

J makes this amazing pasta sauce that has basil in it and he was just saying that he needed to start growing his own basil, but preferably with seeds from a reputable source!

joelle  – (October 11, 2011 at 4:30 PM)  

I want seeds, too! I made this bruschetta that calls for fresh basil and I was just thinking about an alternative to buying fresh basil at the supermarket everytime I feel like having some! I'm also hoping to one day venture into making pesto as well! :)


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