When it comes to harvesting basil, there is really no right way! Sometimes it’s easy for beginner gardeners (ahem, that would be me 🙂 ), to think that there’s only one particular way to do things. Most of the time, that simply is NOT TRUE.
Anyhow, I digress; today I’m excited to show you my favorite way to harvest basil. This method of harvesting helps your plants to become bushy instead of leggy, which makes it harder for them to bolt before you can get to them. So let’s get to it!
When your plants reach about 6-8 inches tall (which you can probably tell the one in the foreground of the photo above I let get a little taller than that, LOL), cut off about 1/3 of the plant, making the cut at a node, which is pictured below:
That picture was a bit blurry…here’s a clearer one:
Simply make your cut right above one of the nodes.
And that’s it! You’ve successfully harvested your basil! My favorite way to preserve it is to dehydrate the leaves whole in a dehydrator between 95 and 110 degrees F (that’s the best temperature range to preserve the quality of the herb), and store them in a mason jar. Keeping the leaves whole also helps the herb retain its quality for longer.
Hope this was helpful to you all! ❤
Happy harvesting! 🙂