By August, you can look around many Central Texas gardens and see the effect of consistent 100+ temperatures. With the heat bristling upon them, many plants decide to go dormant. As you peruse these sleeping gardens, however, you’ll find a confident, boldly standing aromatic herb, basil.
Basil is one of the few plants that absolutely thrive in hot weather. This makes sense since basil originated from the tropical climate of Africa and Southeast Asia. It made its way to India, across the Middle East to Europe, and by the 17th century, you could find it in the Americas. As a result, basil infuses many culinary traditions, such as, Italian-American, Mediterranean, Taiwanese and Laotian cuisine. Many basil varieties developed from this migration and these can be grouped into four main categories: sweet, dwarf, citrus and purple basils.
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