The Best of Basil

It is the unsung hero of summer. Flavor is strong and easily recognizable while the aroma when fresh picked fills the kitchen.Its basil and it makes the flavor of everything its added to pop. Summer is a wonderful harvest of #jerseyfreshlove and basil tops the list. Food artisans across the Garden State take full advantage of the amazing flavor, and have added basil to their masterpieces.

While temps steamed up towns through out the state Lizzonade did their part to cool folks down. Their Coolcumber basil lemonade sounds so good, just looking at the picture is refreshing

lizzmonade coolcumber basil

Lizzmonade offers custom coffee, tea, and fruit sorbets, gourmet food and of course lemonade at concessions all over the tri state. Check their calendar of events here . We are fans.

A quick trip to Flemmingto puts one in Basil Bandwagon
country an amazing natural sustainable market with recycled organic offerings health and beauty products and a farm to market cafe. Their basil kale pesto is a perfect summer to fall recipe carrying the taste of summer into the comfort of fall

basilbandwagon pesto

For more about this more than worth the trip experience click HERE

Another beat the heat basil treat comes from Gelotti. Basil Blueberry ice cream is one of their 56 flavors of ice cream italian ice and gelato, that CBS named one of four Best Homemade Ice Cream in NJ.

gelotti basil blueberry

Gelotti has two locations in Paterson and Caldwell and is opening soon in Montclair.

We also came across local chef Rachel Weston’s book New Jersey Fresh Four Seasons From Farm To Table. A must read for all NJ’s foodies who love the fresh we live and create with it. Recently she created a three layer ice cream terrine including glorious green basil ice cream, layered with peach and rhubarb. WE look forward to the next table this creation graces. In the mean time we recommend her book Click here.

Couldn't write about basil with out including a classic passable basil treat. Begining with a hearty, whole grain cracker topped with fresh basil, a dollop of Kim Osterhoudt's signature jam. Pictured here is Raspberry Margarita. Add some fresh cheese, mild like Fontil or strong like gorgonzola and there you have a basil fresh sweet and savory treat

jams by kim rasp.margarita

Jams By Kim can be found at The Summit Farmers Market, The Montclair Farmers Market and The Rutgers Garden Farmers Market. For more information and schedule of events click here.

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