Edible Balcony – Curly-Leafed Purple Basil

How beautiful is the leaf of this basil variety! I stumbled across a punnet of this rare basil at the Eden Gardens Garden Centre in North Ryde, Sydney and rushed home to pot it.
It looks like it won’t be as robust a grower as the common basil variety next to it, so it will be a few weeks before I have enough leaves to make a batch of ‘purple’ pesto.
The leaves are not only pretty but have a strong aniseed-mintiness similar to Thai basil.
If you use basil in your sauces, salads, and pastas as much as I do, you will love experimenting with this delicate variety.

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