Sweet basil, Dark opal basil, Bush basil, Lemon basil, Cinnamon basil, Greek basil, Green ball, harlakin basil, Little magic basil, Hybrid basil, Thai basil
These are called tulsi basils are used in Hindu religious ceremonies and shrines.
This group of basils are tender annuals, or short lived perennials, which have a similar flavour and uses. They occur naturally in tropical regions especially India. Most basil grows to about 50cm in height. They are extremely tender and very popular with insects, and thus they require constant attention. Basil is used extensively in cooking with pasta, in pesto, with tomato and egg dishes, and with oily fish. The plant contains volatile oil which is used in perfumery and in organic gardening as an antibacterial for black spot. Medicinally, basil aids digestion, induces calm and can prevent migraines. It is also good for colds and flu.
Annual basil life can be prolonged by nipping off the flower heads. But perennial basils should be allowed to flower as bees and butterflies will enjoy them.
Additions to the basil family are the following perennials:
Sacred Basil (Ocimum Sanctum)
Clove Basil (Ocimum Gratissimum)
Price R 12.00