1 Response. It's a pretty "standard" procedure for dealing with such pests on potted plants. This is actually precisely the reason why it's not recommended to refrigerate fresh basil leaves. I do like to use it on pizza, etc but always wondered if it was bad to eat the nasty growth that can't be washed off.

The answer is, it depends.

1 Response. I have holes on sweet basil and purple basil plants. A principle of organic gardening is to grow "some for you, some for them," meaning the critters that eat your plants. Bugs Eating Holes in My Vegetable Plants. But I want to make sure it is ok to eat basil leaves with holes in it. Slugs and snails are major pests to basil, especially young plants. The good news is that most of the signs that canned food has spoiled are fairly easy to recognize once you know what to look for.

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Slugs and snails are major pests to basil, especially young plants.

I have bought/planted so many basil plants here in sofla and it's always the same pattern, they're good for a few weeks then they get scraggly and the bugs get to them- … Forsyth County Georgia. I would not recommend consuming basil that has turned brown/black, especially if it is "slimy" to the touch. It's not known if long-term use is safe. Bugs like basil just as much as humans do. Is It Safe to Eat Basil With Holes?

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Originated in India, basil is an annual herb closely associated with Italian cuisine. Discovering that bugs have eaten holes in your vegetable plants can be maddening, especially if the vegetables are about to ripen.

Originating from India, basil plant leaves may be found in a plethora of cuisines from Italian to Thai and can be used to flavor foods, vinegars, oils, teas, and even to scent soap. Bugs like basil just as much as humans do.

Bug holes are a sign to me that pesticides haven't been used, and that's a more welcome sight than the 'perfect' produce in our grocery stores which comes from countries who still use DDT.

IMHO that answer should work fine in your situation. Taking holy basil by mouth might cause nausea or diarrhea. Attached is a picture of a leaf. Remove affected leaves and spray with a fungicide. Remove affected leaves and spray with a fungicide. Forsyth County Georgia. All basil is heat- and sun-loving, regardless of variety.

... Slug Infested Basil! If you are concern about a can or jar of food, don’t risk it! Is it safe to eat basil with holes in the leaves? Somehow my Minette basil and cinnamon basil that are in nearby pots have been spared.

Below are 8 warning signs of bad canned food. Many cooks and chefs call basil the “king of herbs.” Although there are literally hundreds of varieties of basil around the world, those most commonly grown in the U.S. include various types of sweet basil, cinnamon basil, African blue, holy basil, lemon basil, and lettuce-leaf basil.

Home; About; Ask a Question; Sign in; safe to eat! About two weeks ago I started noticing some holes and missing sides in nearly all of the leaves.

Holy basil is POSSIBLY SAFE when used by mouth for short periods of time, up to 8 weeks. Not everyone has the same stomach. I have bought/planted so many basil plants here in sofla and it's always the same pattern, they're good for a few weeks then they get scraggly and the bugs get to them- even the non-organic ones. I'm assuming the slugs are the sole culprit.

I don't think that's going to be as much of a problem in Chicago as it might be in Hawaii. That way, you'll have plenty of basil … Got black spots on your basil leaves and looking for a solution? We’d suggest you avoid eating the infected leaves. How to Get Rid of Aphids & Whiteflies on Basil. Just cut off the holed leaves before eating.

If the hole is due to insects or diseases, then the leaves are safe to eat. One can get rid of nasty aphids and yet prevent the plant from encountering the harsh chemicals in chemical pesticides. Submerging the pot in water for an hour or two, then allowing it to dry out will not have any adverse effects on your Basil plant (or any other "common" potted plant I can think of). Asked June 2, 2020, 2:34 PM EDT. Among those bugs easily knocked off basil … Is it safe to eat basil with holes in the leaves?