Italian basil is a very versatile herb and is a favorite at the farm! It pairs well with all of the items in the share and works well with most other herbs in our garden. Basil, mozzarella, and tomato are of course a classic combination that is sure to be a hit!

Cutting instructions: Look for the top of a basil plant and trim the main stem above a smaller new set of leaves. Only take a little off of each plant. While the old patch is still harvestable, there is a new patch of basil in the garden that will soon be ready for picking. Please review our video on Facebook or ask us if you want some basil picking advice!  When picking, avoid leaves that are drooping or blackened. Store for 2-3 days in a damp paper towel or a plastic bag in the refrigerator vegetable crisper. (PSU Herb Pairing Guide)

Caprese Salad Recipe


  • 3 tomatoes, 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 20 to 30 leaves (about 1 bunch) fresh basil
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Coarse salt and pepper

Layer alternating slices of tomatoes and mozzarella, adding a basil leaf between each, on a large, shallow platter. Drizzle the salad with extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. (Original Recipe)