Closely related to the more common culinary basil. This plant is known as Holy Basil due to its use in religious cleansing rituals as well as an essential oil. Very aromatic and widely cultivated throughout South Asia. Multi -branched, with green to purple leaves, blooming small white flowers.
1. Native to India
2. Often used in Thai cuisine
3. Not frost hardy
Buyers should do their own research for plant uses.
How to harvest and store your basil
The essential oils of the plant are at their peak early in the morning making this the perfect time for harvest mature leaves. While harvesting pinch back the growing tip of the plants which will stimulate branching and make a fuller more bushy plant. Basil leaves can be used fresh or dried. Another method of storage is to grind them up in a food processor and place in ice cube trays with a little water and freeze. Once frozen they can be removed to freezer bags and used for that “fresh” basil taste anytime of the year. Leaves can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.