The origins of purple basil are mysterious, with several wild cultivars that have been interbred over time. This variety of purple basil is the only true purple Genovese-type basil.
Use purple basil as a fun, colorful substitution for normal Genovese Basil. Use it as a topping for pizza or pasta, as the main ingredient to make a purple pesto sauce, or chop and add to a salad. If you’re growing strawberries, enjoy together for a complex and wonderful flavor combination. Basil’s primary flavor is anise or sweet licorice.
Pesto is freezer-friendly!