Technique: How To Release The Full Flavor Of Basil


So you are making pesto and are just about ready to drop in a handful of basil leaves into the pesto.

Wait! Stop! There is one more step you must do!

Slip the basil in a Ziploc bag, and pound gently to bruise the leaves, ever so slightly.

This releases the full flavor of basil.

Now, continue on with what you were doing.


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Sena Wilson's picture

Thank you! This is a wonderful tip.

nwafoodie's picture

So glad you found it useful! I could really tell the difference when I did that!

Dreama Wetherell's picture

I was just looking thru some of the hints and found this great tip for basil....thanks.

Sheryl's picture

Now I'm really curious! Just a few hours ago, earlier today, I read in a cooking magazine that one should NOT bruise Basil as one would bruise flat leaf parsley. I'll have to try both methods and see if I can taste a difference. :-)