Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil Camargue unusual bi-colour leaves that change from green to purple over time, with red-purple stems making it highly ornamental. The leaves have a distinctly mild sweet to peppery flavour, ideal as a salad garnish, ground into an Italian pesto or pick the young seedlings to eat as sprouts.
English common name: Basil
Typical leaf size: 3 x 1cm (length x width)
Best period to harvest: seedlings as micro-greens, small leaves for salads.
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.