10 deliciously different ways to use basil

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Basil for desserts

Basil in fruit salad: Toss melon balls, strawberries, and blueberries with lemon juice and finely chopped basil leaves. Start with one or two chopped leaves and add more for stronger basil flavor.

Basil fruit sorbet:
Good combinations include lime-basil, strawberry-basil and blackberry-basil. Start with 3 cups of your favorite fruit or berry juice. Add 1/2 cup sugar, 6 to 8 fresh basil leaves, 1 cup of water, and the freshly-squeezed juice of 1 lemon. Blend well in blender and chill the liquid for at least an hour. Pour into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s directions.

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