If you spend any time at a community garden, farmer’s market or Trader Joe’s, you know that basil is everywhere. Basil has long been a staple of both the novice and expert gardener and now its delicate green leaves can be seen in many of the aquaponics tower farms cropping up among L.A. area restaurants. Easy to grow and even preserve, basil is also a common sight among school gardens because it is easy to grow and kids love it! Its strong yet versatile flavor packs a punch to a variety of global recipes. From Italian pesto to Thai stir-fry to kid-friendly Parmesan Basil Fries, basil is a welcome addition to most any meal.