African Blue Basil


African blue basil has mottled purple-green leaves and characteristic powerful scent of licorice and pepper. This is one of the most cold-tolerant breeds of basil, leading to it being called a perennial, though in fact all basils are perennial as long as the weather is warm year-round. It is a sterile hybrid of two other breeds of basil, unable to produce seeds of its own, and is propagated by cuttings.

Use with vegetables, stews and rice.

Real Cooking

Did You Know?
Basil is commonly used fresh in cooked recipes. It is generally added at the last moment, as cooking quickly destroys the flavour.

The fresh basil can be kept for a short time in plastic bags in the refrigerator, or for a longer period in the freezer, after being blanched quickly in boiling water.

The dried basil also loses most of its flavour, and what little flavour remains tastes very different, with a weak coumarin flavour, like hay.