Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum / sanctum)
Basil Holy Purple has green leaves tinged with purple and purple red stems with purplish pink flowers making it a highly ornamental herb. The leaves have a strong basil flavour to infuse dishes and salads, the flowers also attract bees. Used in the Hindu culture, Ayurveda traditional wellness medicine and throughout South East Asia.
English common name: Holy Basil
Typical leaf size: 3 x 1cm (length x width)
Best period to harvest: seedlings as micro-greens, small leaves for salads or leave plants to bloom to attract bees.
Production: greenhouse and containers.
Culinary use: eat leaves and stems fresh as micro-greens and larger leaves, as an unusual alternative in salads. Can also be used in stir-fries or added to soups.