Basil plants are harvested when they carry four to eight leaves; they are picked from the ground one by one.
Harvesting is exclusively manual and takes place on special
suspended wooden planks, where the operator lies to reach the ground
without stepping on it.
The plants, complete with roots, are immediately packaged using food paper marked with the official logos.
A small portion of soil is left around the roots to keep the seedlings fresh and fragrant.
Two types of packages can be found on the market: small bunch - the so called "mazzetto", which carries from 3 to 10 plants - and big bunch or "bouquet" carrying from 30 to 100 plants.
BASIL FOR PROCESSING:
For industrial or artisanal processing the plants are trimmed mechanically or by hand. Collecting only the apical part of the plants
- a maximum of eight leaves - and preserving them intact help guarantee tenderness and fragrance.
Packaging is by weight. The packaging is always marked.