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Ocimum - Basils

Ocimum are aromatic annuals, evergreen perennials or shrubs with simple aromatic leaves and spikes of lipped white or pinkish flowers arranged in whorls. Used extensively in European and Asian cooking, Sweet Basil is one of the most popular herbs for growing at home, both in gardens and containers. Reflecting its popularity, there are many varieties to pick from in terms of size, leave, foliage color or flavor, including clove, lemon, lime, anise, spice, cinnamon and thyme. Easy to grow, rabbit and deer resistant, Basil is an excellent addition to the herb garden or the flower border

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Ocimum basilicum 'Cinnamon' (Cinnamon Basil)

Noted for its spicy flavor and almost incense-like fragrance, Ocimum basilicum 'Cinnamon' (Cinnamon Basil) is a perennial herb, often grown as an annual, with narrow, slightly serrated, dark green leaves adorned with reddish-purple veins.

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Ocimum basilicum 'Dark Opal' (Sweet Basil)

Noted for its striking foliage and delicate licorice scent, Ocimum basilicum 'Dark Opal' (Sweet Basil) is an annual or biennial herb with stunning deep purple almost black leaves.

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Ocimum basilicum 'Dolce Fresca' (Sweet Basil)

Adding a great Mediterranean taste to the cuisine, Ocimum basilicum 'Dolce Fresca' (Sweet Basil) is an annual herb boasting sweet tender leaves that can be used for tomato sauce, spaghetti, stews, fish, salads or pesto. It has the mild flavor of anise with a slight mint aftertaste.

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Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese' (Sweet Basil)

Adding a great Mediterranean taste to the cuisine, Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese' (Sweet Basil) is an annual herb boasting large shiny leaves that can be used for rice dishes, poultry, fish, potatoes and vegetables, dressings or marinades. It is one of the most popular basils for culinary use, particularly for its use in pesto.

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Ocimum basilicum 'Persian' (Persian Basil)

Ocimum basilicum 'Persian' (Sweet Basil) is a vigorous annual herb boasting pleasant tasting leaves that are excellent for adding flavor to soups, sauces, fish and meat dishes. It has a strong, spicy anise-clove flavor.

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Ocimum basilicum 'Siam Queen' (Thai Basil)

An improved Thai basil or tropical basil, Ocimum basilicum 'Siam Queen' is a vigorous annual herb boasting highly aromatic, glossy green leaves rich of a licorice basil aroma. As an added bonus, it is late to produce flowers, which often make basil develop a bitter taste.

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Ocimum basilicum (Sweet Basil)

One of the great culinary herbs, Ocimum basilicum (Sweet Basil) is an annual or biennial with highly aromatic, bright green, elliptic leaves and spikes of small, tubular white or pink-tinged, lipped flowers arranged in whorls.

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Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens 'Purple Ruffles' (Purple Basil)

Noted for its beauty, flavor and ease of cultivation, Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens 'Purple Ruffles' (Purple Basil) is an annual or biennial herb with very large, dark, shiny purple leaves which are ruffled and fringed. It has a sweet basil flavor with more licorice and cinnamon flavor.

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Ocimum sanctum (Holy Basil)

Revered as an 'elixir of life', Ocimum sanctum (Holy Basil) is an erect, many-branched subshrub in tropical climates, often grown as an annual elsewhere. It boasts green or purple, smooth elliptic leaves and spikes of small, white or mauve flowers arranged in close whorls on dark stems.

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