Organic Herb Basil: Dark Opal. Ocimum basilicum.
Red basil is an annual herb with a nice, strong smell. This variety is deep purple with medium sized leaves.
How to grow:
Sow seeds direct in pots on heat April to July. Grow on in a greenhouse, polytunnel or warm windowcill in full sun. When cutting, always make sure to cut above the first leaf, so that the plant can regrow. As soon as the stems become hard, only the leaves can be used.
Water from below and this helps with downy mildew. Make the water tepid rather than tap cold.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Slice warm ripe large tomatoes and mozerella cheese. Place alternately around a dish, drizzle with your favourite oil and sprinkle with roughly torn up basil leaves. Pick the leaves for direct use and for drying.
Basil originates from tropical regions, central Africa to southeast Asia.
Avg contents: 400 seeds.