How to grow your own Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
In Norway where I originally lived, we were lucky if the Basil hopefully survived outdoors in July and parts of August. And it still needs the sunniest and most sheltered spot in your garden or on your terrace. And then you can proudly but thinly spread out finely chopped basil on your homemade pizza or pasta. A couple of times.
Here in Texas I go out in the garden (in March!!) and chop off some branches of basil, rip it roughly up with my fingertips and completely cover the hot and sizzling pizza while the divine scent of the core of the Italian cuisine spreads through the house. I quite simply love it.
I can also drive to one of the big grocery stores around and buy some basil. Most of it is grown in hydroponic systems (water cultures). That basil is an expensive anemic ghost compared to the real one grown outside in compost and raised by the Texas sun.
It’s so ungrateful to buy this helpless lump of sad leaves when you can grow it so easy and successfully home in your own terrace or garden.