Basil has a bright, complex, and slightly anise flavor that enhances a wide array of summer fruits and vegetables. Try it
with squash, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, berries, and stone fruits.
Quick idea No. 1: Sprinkle chopped basil on slices of vine-ripened tomatoes. Serve with goat cheese and cured olives.
Quick idea No. 2: Toss cooked pasta with garlicky olive oil. While still hot, sprinkle liberally with chopped basil and grated parmesan cheese.
Recipe: Creamy Basil Zucchini Soup