Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Bumper Crop of Basil

22nd July 2013

This summer we have a bumper crop of basil – 29 different varieties! That’s one for each year that I have been here at the spa. I didn’t plan it that way, that’s just what I found this year. Some of our old favorites are back, like Mrs. Burn’s lemon basil.

Last year this basil was so popular that I planted an entire row of Key Lime Basil. So there is plenty for guests, staff and the kitchen. I love the flavor in lemonade, with tomatoes and even in watermelon margaritas!

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