Delightfully bright and pleasing, basil is warm and spicy, with a distinctive aroma that goes hand-in-hand with summer. Flourishing in full sun and a moderate-dry climate, basil is easy to care for and yields a plentiful harvest. So settle into summer, highlight basil’s bounty and relish the pleasure of cooking this easy, crowd-pleasing recipe, the perfect showcase for the all-star herb, piled high.
By / Photography By Heather Gill | May 15, 2014


Coarsely chop strawberries (bruised or less than perfect berries work well for this recipe). Add berries, sugar, basil, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar to a medium saucepan on medium-low heat. Stir and reduce (about 10 minutes) then add lemon zest and pepper. Serve over warm pancakes.


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  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 4 tablespoons pure cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Mrs. Burns’ Lemon Basil, finely chopped or use small leaves (for tangy citrusy notes) or use Cinnamon Basil to increase the spice notes in the recipe
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of good thick balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
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