Star-K Logo
Star-K Online
Español Chinese Português
Kosher Consumer Getting Certified Asia Pacific
Alerts New Seasonal Products/LOC's Traveling Kosher Kosher Baltimore Appliance/Kitchen
Latest Star-K Lists Keeping Kosher Kashrus Kurrents Articles About Us Faq's Links Passover
Why Check for Insects? Return to Produce List

Basil

Checking Instructions

Please note the following regarding all Star-K insect checking instructions: When applicable, guidelines apply to produce grown and purchased in the United States. Checking procedures in other countries may be different.

Fresh

Herbs are difficult to check. We, therefore, recommend that only those with insect checking experience perform this procedure.

Preparation (Optional)

We recommend soaking in water prior to checking, preferably with mild soap or special veggie wash (such as Tsunami 100).

Note: When using soap, use only a food grade cleanser that meets all federal, state, and local regulations. The water should have enough soap to make it feel slippery. Wash thoroughly with clean water before checking to remove any soap residue.

Check

  1. Agitate in a white bowl of clean water.
  2. Examine the water to see that it is insect-free.

    Note: It may be helpful to place the white bowl on a light source, such as a light box, to make it easier to detect any insects and distinguish them from bits of debris or detached pieces of herb.

  3. If it is insect-free, you may use the herb.
  4. If insects are found, you may redo this procedure up to three times in total. If there are still any insects, the whole batch must be discarded.

Dried

Does not have an insect problem.


Flavor

If you are only using to flavor soup and no insects are noticed, you may put it in a mesh bag similar to a stocking, seal it, and submerge it in the soup. After cooking, remove the package and discard.


Insect Pictures

Lettuce with aphids on a lightbox
Lettuce with an aphid on a lightbox
Closeup of aphids
Aphids next to a nickel for size comparison
Adult thrip
Young thrip
Insect eggs

Tutorials


There are no tutorials currently available


Video Clips

Here is a family of aphids our lab found on a head of store-bought lettuce
(length 0:08)
This piece of lettuce was filmed on a light box
(length 0:05)