This beautiful, rose/purple basil variety makes a great addition to the garden. It contrasts well with the dark green of Genovese or the smaller leaves of Mrs. Burns to make an attractive mix in the garden. The flavor is reminiscent of anise and the leaves are very tender.
Basil: Basil has a long history (more than 5000 years!!) of serving up great flavor around the world. It may have originated in India or Southern Asia but its widespread use and ease of growing has obscured its origin story. Harvest this annual herb by trimming the stems of just above a set of leaves. This will allow a new set of stems to grow below the wound.
Growing Tips: Basil loves the summer heat, but be sure to give it enough water. I like to make sure that the soil surface doesn’t dry out completely by adding a light mulch over top. In general, plant them 8 to 12 inches apart in the garden for longer lived plants that will last until the first cold nights. You can plant them a little tighter together in a pot but they just might last as long.