Popular dark purple bronze sweet basil with slight licorice flavor. Adds color and flavor to your cooking. Likely the same basil Vilmorin referred to in 1885 as, “Large Purple Sweet Basil.” Also used for micro greens and ornamental gardens with its beautiful lilac pink flowers with dark red stems and lance shaped leaves. Grows to 12–18”, slow to bolt. Tags: Color: Purple, Specialty: Deer Resistant, Heritage: Heirloom, Season: Summer, Seed: Safe Seed Pledge.
There are many varieties of basil. The type used in Italian food is called sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) as opposed to Thai basil (O. basilicum thyrsiflora), lemon basil (Ocimum citriodorum) and holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) which are used in Asian cooking and medicine. Ocimum is derived from the Greek word meaning to smell, like other plants in the mint family with square stems. Basil oils have potent antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Delicious basil recipes.