Herbal Harvest: Basil Jelly Recipe

| 9/8/2009 4:47:05 PM


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We have had beautiful weather here in the western Pennsylvania area, and I have been INDOORS preserving the herbal harvest. We were part of a garden tour this summer, so I wasn't clipping as many herbs as I normally would have. Also, our summer has been very Seattle-like. We have had warm days, cool nights, and unfortunately my basil has suffered. The Herbal Husband wanted me to cut it and make jelly much earlier in the season. I am so glad I waited! 

So I took my basil out of its misery last week and started making scented basil jelly. The recipe is a tried and true favorite of mine from Renee Shepherd & Fran Raboff's cookbook, Recipes from a Kitchen Garden or Renee's website, Renee's Garden. It was also mentioned in the March 2009 Herb Companion article "In Basket." Here is a happy basil bed in Cleveland, Ohio at the Western Reserve Unit's beautiful herb garden at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Basil Bed

I love its jewel tone qualities. I made a box (12 jars) of lemon basil jelly and eight jars of cinnamon basil. I planted three plants of each varieties. Note to self: Plant more basil next year! I think it is so interesting that it looks like there is cinnamon in the cinnamon basil jelly because of its color!