Love Your Basil: Cinnamon Basil Pumpkin Pie

| 10/5/2010 4:58:34 PM

R.WerstRamona Werst has a love for growing and cooking with basil. Currently, she has more than 30 varieties in her collection and she is adding to it all the time. She creates basil-infused recipes and would love to teach you how to Love Your Basil! Visit her blog ( to download her free e-book, Love Your Basil . 

One of my favorite basils is cinnamon basil. Texas is getting cooler and the grocery stores are now selling pumpkins! This is my favorite time of the year because the holidays are just around the corner. When I see the pumpkins on display, I grab one and start to decorate around the house. I even have a Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie candle I light just to get me in the holiday mood!

Photo by brhefele/Courtesy Flickr 

I love the mild cinnamon flavor when cooking with cinnamon basil. When I think of the holidays, I think of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. My husband, David, doesn’t care for pumpkin pie (and I don’t like to waste fresh pumpkin that I've had on display), so I created this Cinnamon Basil Pumpkin Pie recipe instead. He loves it!

Cinnamon basil is one the easiest basils to grow. When planted from seed it takes approximately 5 to 7 days to sprout, depending on how warm the soil is. It can be started indoors and transplanted into gardens or into container pots. Cinnamon basil can grow up to 3 feet tall; if you pinch back the leaves, it can bush out to a full 3 feet. When I harvest my cinnamon basil, I wash it, pinch the leaves from the stems, chop it, place it in labeled ziplock bags, and freeze it. Anytime I want to use fresh cinnamon basil, all I have to do is reach into my freezer and I can cook with it all year round.