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ISO really large Italian basil (huge leaves)

itryalot Aug 13, 2013 04:18 AM

Anyone seen any bunches of this kind; not the regular ones you see everywhere? Family will be heading out on Wed and was going to go to St. Lawrence Market and will be heading up to Woodbridge/Vaughan area before driving out to visit us.

  1. Jacquilynne Aug 15, 2013 09:14 AM

    I bought some at Highland Farms (or whatever it's called now) on Dufferin a little over a week ago. I'm not sure if the leaves were as huge as you'd like, but some of them were about 4-5 inches long.

    1. MissBingBing Aug 15, 2013 06:07 AM

      How big is a large leaf? Three inches? Six? Fifteen?

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        millygirl Aug 14, 2013 05:28 AM

        Curious Itryalot - what is it you do with large leaves? Anything in particular?

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        1. re: millygirl
          itryalot Aug 15, 2013 05:15 AM

          Well, first the flavor is completely different. Second, I do a few things:
          a) pick them off the stems, gently soak in water to remove debris, lay them out to dry thoroughly, place in a large freezer safe container or baggie. I use all winter for sauces, stews, et.
          b) blend with EVOO and oil (with and without garlic); freeze in a thin layer on a cookie sheet (break up and make bark), store in freezer to add to grilled veggies, sauces, use to make pesto in the winter.

          1. re: itryalot
            millygirl Aug 15, 2013 05:39 AM

            Thank you. I like these ideas and am going to try myself.

            What's the difference between a and b though? Couldn't version 'a' be used in sauces and pesto as well?

            And finally, where did you end up getting the large leaves? I hope I'm not too late.

            1. re: millygirl
              itryalot Aug 17, 2013 01:32 AM

              They brought me some from a place on St. Clair/College (name not sure) but had stalls outside. Each leaf is the size of a small hand. A and B are close but I make the bark so I can have it ready in a whim and just add some garlic and pine nuts.

              1. re: itryalot
                LexiFirefly Aug 17, 2013 05:15 AM

                You may want to double check that intersection. They don't meet and are quite far away from each other!!

                1. re: LexiFirefly
                  itryalot Aug 17, 2013 08:10 PM

                  LOL; no some place either on St. Clair or College. They can't remember which as they were picking up several things from several places, but it was at a store with outside stalls.

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          Tatai Aug 13, 2013 08:13 PM

          Lady York on Dufferin usually has big, beautiful bunches of Italian basil.

          1. Breadcrumbs Aug 13, 2013 05:51 PM

            Cataldi was selling huge plants of large leaf Italian basil with roots intact for $4.99 two weeks ago. They had giant pots outside and, buckets of clusters with roots in the produce section. I bought the latter and just put it in my bar sink filled with water. I'm still enjoying its bounty!

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            1. re: Breadcrumbs
              itryalot Aug 14, 2013 04:31 AM

              That'll be the place then.

            2. Baelsette Aug 13, 2013 04:43 PM

              Try Masseli's on the Danforth at Donlands.

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