Cinnamon basil, also known as Mexican spice basil, has a spicy, fragrant aroma and flavour. It contains methyl cinnamate, giving it a flavour reminiscent of cinnamon. Cinnamon basil has somewhat narrow, slightly serrated, dark green, shiny leaves with reddish-purple veins, which can resemble certain types of mint, and produces small, pink flowers from July to September. Its stems are dark purple. Cinnamon basil grows to 18–30 inches tall.
Cinnamon basil is used in teas and baked goods such as cookies and pies. It is also used in pastas, salads, jellies, and vinegars.
An heirloom basil with purple and green leaves. Very good culinary type with strong basil flavor. An heirloom basil, very attractive and beautiful addition to the garden, with lovely purple and green leaves that are great as garnishes and additions in salads. Corsican basil has a peppery taste and can be harvested from 70 days.
Slow to bolt with a bushy growth habit that makes it ornamental as well. Definitely worth growing!
Dark Opal Basil
Dark opal basil is a cultivar of sweet basil, developed by John Scarchuk and Joseph Lent at the University of Connecticut in the 1950s. With deep purple, sometimes mottled leaves, it is grown as much for its decorative appeal as for its culinary value.
Dark opal has a high concentration of anthocyanins and is considered a potential source of red pigments for the food industry.
Genovese Basil is the quintessential Italian pesto basil, with a flavour that is slightly sweet and peppery and most perfectly suited for grinding up into aromatic and nutritious basil pesto. Genovese basil was first bred in the Northwest coast of Italy, specifically the port town of Genoa. Genovese Basil is also incredibly easy to grow and very adaptable, making this an excellent variety for home gardeners all over the world! The name “Basilico Genovese” is protected by the European Union.
The leaves of Greek basil are smaller than the more commonly available sweet basil, and their flavour is softer and slightly sweeter too, with just a hint of spice. They make excellent pesto and can be used to enhance the flavour of tomato based sauces and pizzas. Compact in habit, it will make an excellent plant for a pot, where it will thrive in a warm, sunny spot.
A rare and hard to find seed variety, a refreshing twist on traditional basil, Lime basil is sweet and fragrant with a mild citrus taste, with bright green, lance-shaped leaves.
Plant is compact, making it ideal for containers. Use leaves to add citrus flavour to fish, salads, and dressings. Flowers are edible, and a wonderful addition to desserts, soups, and pasta, or as a garnish for drinks. Don’t allow the plant to bloom unless you no longer have use for the leaves, though, as doing so will send a signal that it’s time to set seed.
Sweet Lime Basil
Spicy Globe Basil
Spicy globe basil has a distinctive spicy, clove and anise like flavour. It may be used just like any other basil for cooking but has especially good results with Thai and Italian dishes. The leaves are so small that there is no need to chop them up! Globe basil leaves also add a very distinctive taste to sauces and fruit desserts.
This basil cultivar was developed in Italy and also goes by the name O. basilicum ‘minimum’. It is roughly half the size of normal sweet basil and grows from 15-30cm high in a compact ball, or globe, shape.