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Basil supposed to turn black?

Posted by jpc57 coastal Virginia (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 4, 11 at 16:50

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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RE: Basil supposed to turn black?

  • Posted by chudak 10 San Diego (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 5, 11 at 12:10

Yep, basil will turn black when exposed to water,

RE: Basil supposed to turn black?

Basil doesn't turn black when exposed to water (unless, perhaps, it's extremely cold), but may do so if handled less than gently.

RE: Basil supposed to turn black?

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.

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