Growing it: Basil plants whose leaves have wilted from lack of water should recover if they are watered thoroughly and immediately placed in a sunny location. Basil can also be propagated very reliably from cuttings. Remember to pinch off any flower stems, which can slow or stop leaf production. Using it: Best used fresh, sweet basil is pungent and aromatic. It marries well with tomatoes and tomato-flavored dishes, and of course, is essential in making fresh pesto. It makes great herb butter and it combines well with garlic and parsley. Tip: Avoid bruising these tender leaves. Pound it with a bit of olive oil or tear it with your fingers, rather than chopping it.