Answer: Usually it is better to harvest the basil before it flowers and tries to set seed because the flavor does become a bit sharper. However, it is still perfectly okay to harvest and dry it. Next time, cut it back earlier and allow it to regrow one or more times. That way you should get several harvests before it flowers. If you find the taste too powerful you might try a different variety of basil next year since they do vary quite a bit from sweeter to more pungent. Remember also that the dried basil will have a weaker flavor than it does fresh, so you may be pleasantly surprised. When you do use it, start with a lesser amount than you would use of the store-bought dried basil because home grown is always far more flavorful!
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