Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum / sanctum)

Holy Purple

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)

Maturity: Early

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.