Question: Should basil be chopped or torn?

When a recipe calls for fresh basil, youll often hear chefs saying to tear it with your fingers, rather than shredding it with a knife, to get the best flavor. If you cut the leaf, you will break open the cells (some of them, anyway), releasing more flavor. ...

Can you get sick from bad basil?

I would not recommend consuming basil that has turned brown/black, especially if it is slimy to the touch. Even though a few brown spots are probably safe, it will be bitter and, well, slimy. Throw it away - and consider using some of the storage methods discussed in the link above.

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