Basil actually likes to be "pruned" and will grow back even bushier when cut. By cutting them back, you'll actually be able to have several good harvests throughout the summer, as long as conditions are ideal - water and sun. Cut basil just above the bottom two sets of leaves.
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Would love to know your preferred method of preserving basil and of course any recipes.