will it effect the flavor if my SWEET BASEL is blooming? Should I pinch off the blooms?

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  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 15, 2012
    Definitely prune, Dianne. Your plant is losing flavor, and producing less leaves by flowering. Keeping basil pinched back is the key to a vigorous crop.
  • Dianne Dianne on Jun 15, 2012
    thanks so much, will go pinch back now...
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jun 15, 2012
    I've used the pinched back flower buds in salad...they still have the basil flavor.
  • Erica Glasener Erica Glasener on Jun 16, 2012
    The flowers are tasty but as Douglas points out the more you let it produce leaves the more basil you get. I keep mine from flowering until the end of the season.