Last year's harvest was great, tied the stems together, hung upside down to dry, and had a wonderful winter of garden herbs for cooking and had lots for Christmas gifts as well.
Well, this year, I've now had this happen twice. I harvest the basil and bring it in, put it in a fresh water soak to rinse the dirt off, then get distracted and come back, sometimes only an hour later, and it has turned the leaves black. Not all of it turns, just some of the leaves, and on parts of the leaves, with the rest staying green.
I'm pretty new to herbs, so I'm not sure what's going on...and if I can go ahead and use the black parts, or should I discard them? The plants are extremely healthy, and the taste and aroma is wonderful. And if this is normal, how can I store the basil fresh for use a couple days later? I see it sold in grocery stores as fresh leaves and they look fine.