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Basil, Purple Dark Opal

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Basil, Purple Dark Opal (45 days)  

 

  Approx. 160 seeds per 1/4 gram pkg.

Intense purple passion has come to a basil.  Makes an amazing edible border.  In the past I've planted with silver leaf type plants to really set off the purple.  Maybe it is my imagination, but purple basil seems to have a lighter, spicy flavor that can be eaten fresh in salads.  Plants grow about 12-16" tall and about 10" wide. 

Dyers use purple basil to dye dark brown colors.

Basil can be easy to grow and preserve for later use.  It even has companion plantings.  Learn how to use it in many delicious recipes.  All in this little book for $3.99

TIP  With any basil, to keep the leaves coming pinch back the blooms to create a more bushy plant loaded with leaves.  You will notice when you pinch one flowering bud, two branches will come back in its place.  My grandmother taught me to do this with tomatoes to keep them from getting leggy and to increase branches. More branches more tomatoes!

 

Herbal Lemonade Boil 2 cups of water and pour over a 2" sprig of rosemary OR 1 heaping tablespoon of lavender flowers. Steep for 5-8 minutes and then remove herbs. Add 1/3 c. sugar or honey and stir to dissolve. Pour into a 1 quart jar and add 1/4 c. lemon juice. Fill the rest of the way with cold water. Chill and taste, adjusting lemon and sweetness to taste. Serve over ice, with a small fresh sprig of rosemary or lavender if you like.

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