Herbs forum: Wilting cilantro. Even after spinning off and storing the same way, they went black almost faster than the dry basil in the plastic bags as delivered from the distributor. Discard those pieces. If you do not confirm it, you won't receive my newsletters. The warm water opens the pores in the lettuce/herbs replenishing any loss moisture, refrigeration seals the pores by closing them, giving it a crunchy crisp feel. Drain and refrigerate. If the top inch of soil is dry to the touch, the plant is too dry. Step 2. I tend to use paper towels. Yes, you can actually revive lettuce and delicate greens of all kinds. Just submerge the wilted basil in cold (not too cold) clean water and wait. You will get an immediate email asking you to confirm your subscription. Never fear. I’ve heard that putting a plastic ziploc over the cup of herbs helps too. The water should come about halfway up each pot's side. Place the pieces in a large bowl and fill with lukewarm water. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with cold water and ice. xx. It takes longer than you might think, about 12 hours or so, but then the firmness will return completely to all of the basil that had not wilted … I would love them. I will try the 2-minute ice water shock, followed by immediate use next time I do basil battle. You want to use this method on the delicate herbs like cilantro, mint, sage, basil, parsley and so forth.