Grilling season is finally here! Many of the girls' favorite fruits and veggies have been cropping up in stores. Watermelon, blueberries, corn, and tomatoes, just to name a few. Basil, however, is one of those herbs that elicits strong opinions. Some guineas love it while others can't stand the scent.
Seasonal availability: Peaks in summer but can be found year round.
How to pick: Fresh basil has aromatic, brightly colored leaves. Avoid trimmings with black spots or mold.
How to store: Trim ends off the stalks. Fill a container with several inches of water, place the stems inside, and cover with a plastic bag to prolong freshness. Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight.
Preparation: Wash thoroughly before feeding to your guinea pig. Basil flowers can be fed as well.
Belka, Poof and Abby-Roo all enjoy chomping basil. Revy will make faces when presented with a sprig but doesn't let the aroma deter her for long.
Truffle on the other hand loathes the smell. Even the slightest whiff of basil will cause her to huff off in disgust, a grimace of piggy repulsion on her face. You can see her reaction in the video - it's always entertaining to watch.
Are your pigs fans of this pungent plant?