Credit: Jos e ph de L eo

So fragrant, so delicious, so abundant! Whether you buy it or grow it, basil comes in large quantities. To celebrate the bounty, try these (nonpesto) ideas.

Make a perfumed arrangement by combining the herb with late-season blooms (we used chocolate cosmos, astrantia, and geraniums).

Root a stem in water and it will grow for several weeks indoors.

Bake homemade flatbread inlaid with leaves; earthy and delicious, it will surprise and delight anyone who breaks off a rich, flaky bite.

Whirl up a sophisticated slush with basil plus a few bright ingredients -- vodka, lemon juice, and Lillet Blanc -- for a verdant and citrusy aperitif.



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