Basil supposed to turn black?

jpc57October 4, 2011

Picked basil today to dry. I washed it and noticed about an hour after picking that it is turn black--it isn't mold or mildew tho. Is it supposed to turn black so quickly? The day is cool and low humidity.

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chudak(10 San Diego)

Yep, basil will turn black when exposed to water,

    Bookmark   October 5, 2011 at 12:10PM
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Basil doesn't turn black when exposed to water (unless, perhaps, it's extremely cold), but may do so if handled less than gently.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2011 at 7:52AM
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Basil will turn black when roughly chopped, and sometimes when frozen while still wet. Solution - blanch and allow and pat dry before freezing.

BTW, the flavour is NOT affected by the change in colour.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2011 at 7:32PM
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