DAYS TO SPROUT
TASTE IT FOR
CARE & HARVEST
- Harvest individual leaves once the plant is established and encourage a squat and bushier appearance rather than growing tall away from your Gardyn columns.
- Pinching off the flowers of your Basil plant will help prolong its life and keep its robust flavor. Enjoy Purple Basil for up to 50 days. Flowering typically happens in about 74 – 98 days.
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.
- Looks similar to normal basil, but a deep purple, almost black color. The color is caused by high concentrations of compounds called anthocyanins, which have antioxidant properties.
- High in anthocyanins and antioxidants
- Packed with Vitamin K
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.
HARVEST TO PLATE RECIPE
Homemade walnut basil pesto
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 cloves garlic unpeeled
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves You can mix purple and green
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Remove stem, wash and dry the basil leaves.
- Grate the Parmesan cheese, if necessary
- Chop walnuts into small pieces then pulse in the food processor.
- Pour the olive oil into your food processor.
- Add the Parmesan cheese, garlic cloves and basil.
- Blend until completely smooth.
- Store in jars of your choice
Pesto is freezer-friendly!