Spicy mildly peppery flavor with a hint of mint.
Widely used in Italian dishes, salads and pestos. Minced leaves in melted butter are great on peas, green beans and other green veggies. Add to soups, fish or steaks just before serving. Add a small spring when canning or freezing tomatoes.
Dried leaves can be used in potpourri.
The flowers are both savory and sweet and taste great with fruits or in salads.
When planted near tomatoes, helps improve their growth and flavor.
Repels white flies, aphids, fruit flies, tomato hornworms, mosquitos, thrips, fleas and asparagus beetles.
To keep fruit flies off fresh picked fruit and vegetables, place a sprig of basil over the top.
Attracts butterflies, bees and beneficial insects.
Sweet Italian Basil is our most popular herb and is the most commonly used for culinary dishes.
Thai Basil leaves have more of a spicy anise-clove flavor. The purple stems and blooms add a touch of color to any garden. It can be used in any dish that sweet basil is used in.
Amethyst Basil has purple leaves and stems. Used mostly in pestos and salads to add a punch of color, but can be used in any dish.
ANNUAL – Can also be grown as a HOUSEPLANT in a sunny window
Plant in well drained soil and water when dry
Pinch back to promote bushiness
Harvest leaves, stems & flowers at any time. Does not store well once cut.
Freeze in ice cube trays with melted butter, olive oil or water. Store cubes in freezer bags.
Dry in cool, dark place so leaves don’t turn brown. Store in air-tight opaque container. Dried basil loses a lot of its flavor. Use within six months.
Two tablespoons provide 25% of your daily needs of Vitamin A, K and C.
Contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Contains flavonoids for health benefits.
Anti-fungal – use externally infused in oil for athlete’s foot
Insect Repellent – use externally infused in oil on skin
Insect Bites & Stings – leaf rubbed on bite relieves itching and pain
Digestive Aid – tea relieves nausea, constipation and indigestion
Nervous System – tea relieves anxiety and calm nerves
Headaches – tea relieves tension headaches
Tea – Steep one teaspoon in a cup of boiling water
Wine – Steep a few leaves in a glass of wine for several hours as a tonic
Basil Pesto Use with a great loaf of bread or in pasta.