The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce that the July “Plant of the Month” is basil.
Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, and vitamins A and C. It is also a good calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids source. Flavor enhancer items such as basil and salt can add flavor or enhance food flavors. Herbs and spices are the best choices for healthier food options while reducing sodium consumption.
July is a good time to grow basil in North Central Florida. Check the Plant of the Month website
for information on planting, harvesting, recipes, and more. Listen to the Extension Cord Podcast
for further insights on the Plant of the Month.
“Don’t limit your Basil use to only spaghetti sauce, tomato dishes, and pesto,” said Commissioner Mary Alford. “Basil is an extremely versatile herb with a flavor and use for every taste. It has an extraordinary taste, including sweet with peppery overtones, minty, spicy, and licorice.”
The Plant of the Month program is a collaborative effort between the Alachua County Commission, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteers, the Alachua County Public Library, and Working Food.
For more information, contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County at 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office website
for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.