Italian or Genovese Basil is most commonly used in pesto, salad dressings, homemade pasta sauce, and salads with tomatoes and vinegar.
Wrap Italian basil leaves in a damp paper towel and stored in a plastic bag or reusable container. Bunches can also be treated like cut flowers. Simply trim the stems and store them in a jar or container with a little water in the bottom. Place a plastic bag over the leaves and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use.
Alternatively, you can chop Italian basil leaves and freeze the leaves in ice trays covered with extra virgin olive oil.