Basil Plants
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Basil bitterness

Zone 60563 | Anonymous added on January 8, 2018 | Answered

I have some basil that has flowered in the past. I trimmed the flowers off - will the basil eventually produce leaves that are not bitter, or now that the plant has flowered, are all future leaves doomed to that bitter taste as well?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on January 9, 2018

Flowering and going to seed does make basil leaves bitter, as explained here:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/basil/bitter-tasting-basil.htm

Trimming your basil plants back to above the bottom two sets of leaves may make your basil less bitter when it regrows. It's not guaranteed, but it's worth a try. Avoiding overwatering and underwatering can also improve the flavor of your basil.

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