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Gardening with Cyan! Pt. 3

Today’s segment: Harvesting basil leaves


It’s a cloudy afternoon and you’re kept up inside not knowing what to do. You decide you want to spice up your cooking but don’t know how. You came to the right place! There’s an herb you can use called basil and it works in almost anything. You can choose to grow this herb in your garden or buy the plant from the nursery. What I did for this segment was buy the basil from the store so that I was able to have content for the video above. Today, I’m going to be teaching you how to make your basil leaves into a scrumptious cup of tea.



  • 2 tbsp. of chopped basil

  • 1 mug of boiled water

  • That’s it!


1) Wash your hands! You don’t want your previous meal’s food getting on the basil, do you?

2) Go to your garden or the place you keep the plant

3) Pick off around 8 leaves for the 2 tbsp. Make sure you pinch off the end of the leaf from the tip of the stem to keep it growing (not the base of the stem unless you want to be a murderer)

4) Thoroughly wash the leaves for about 10 seconds

5) Pat them dry with a paper towel or air dry it on a cooling rack

6) Chop the basil into little bits

7) Put the leaves into your mug

8) Boil your desired amount of water

9) Pour the water into the mug and wait 5 minutes to let it steep

10) Strain the leaves from the mug (Unless you enjoy chopped basil) and drink!

-Optional: you can add honey if it isn’t sweet enough for your sweet tooth. -

Preserving Basil

There are many ways to preserve basil. Once it’s preserved this baby can be kept for longer than a week! Some of the ways you can keep it fresh are:

  • Store the basil in a sealed tight bag, then keep in in the fridge.

  • Keep basil in a vase with water- so pretty-!

  • Place leaves on a tray and keep it in your freezer.

  • Fill a bowl with water and a butt load of salt. Stick it in a room temperature area.

  • Air drying. Take a bundle of basil, tie it together, then hang I upside down to dry.

Easy peasy!

Hi everyone! The writer of this blog is Cyan Fuehr. She is currently a freshman at CWU who’s planning on majoring in Business administration/marketing and minoring in nutrition + entrepreneurship. Cyan has a huge passion for music, nature, volleyball, working out, and dogs. We hope you have a wonderful day! :)


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