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Good prices on fresh basil anywhere? Pasadena area.

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For various reasons my backyard basil harvest this year is practically zero -- and I still need to make my yearly large batch of freezer pesto. Has anyone seen any deals on the fresh stuff recently? Thanks.

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  1. My experience is the best price consistently is Trader Joes.

    Though if I can get to my Farmers Market in Santa Monica (far from you I know) I get a huge bunch for $1 near the end of business day.

    Not surprised if one of the Asian markets has it cheap, like Ranch 99.

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    1. re: gr8pimpin

      I have only seen Thai basil at 99 Ranch. My basil is not doing as well as usual this year either. Got hit with a plague of grasshoppers and never recovered.

    2. This is why we need to work on transporter technology.

      I'm in the Midwest USA and currently have basil coming out of my ears. Globe, traditional Genovese, purple Thai...

      I'm harvesting/cooking as quickly as I can, to beat the end of the season and the first frost.

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      1. re: pedalfaster

        I found a great recipe for pistachio sundried tomato pesto -- it's now a family favorite -- something new to try with your bumper crop. My family LOVES it.

      2. Any Persian or middle eastern market will have a large selection at the best price.

        1. Check the ads - in the height of summer, both Jons and Super King will have it for 3 or 4 bunches for $1. You may still be able to nab some!

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            1. re: happybaker

              typically 2 bunches for $1 at SK in altadena,

              1. re: barryc

                Thanks thanks thanks. I'll go by tomorrow.

            2. Also really good prices at the Asian markets in Thai Town.

              1. Trader Joe usually has big pots of fresh basil; one or two plants @2.99 would probably do the job, plus replace your lost harvest.
                Whenever I need basil, i pick up a nice big plant instead of a bunch in a plastic box that is always more expensive.

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                1. re: VenusCafe

                  if you choose to get plants, pinch off the flowers as soon as they appear - they're annuals and die after they flower. if they don't flower, they'll keep going.

                  1. re: barryc

                    Good info, now if you could tell me how to overcome the
                    obstacles in growing cilantro, i'd be so happy!

                  2. re: VenusCafe

                    I also buy the live basil plants at Trader Joe's (the one on Arroyo). Does well if you don't give it too much direct light. Good for having some around constantly for whenever you need it.

                  3. Hawaii Supermarket

                    LAX-C if you're willing to drive to DTLA.

                    1. Come to my house in Burbank and I'll give you a bush's worth. I'm drowning in it over here.

                      1. Do you just make a bunch of pesto and then freeze it? Defrost the night before use?

                        1. Are you looking for generic Italians or Genovese basil?