All basils make tasty flowers, but
African Blue Basil's flowers are pink with a dark purple calyx instead of the usual white
flower with a green calyx found on most Basils, making them attractive,
and tasty, for salads, drinks or garnishes.
African Blue Basil is sterile and never makes a seed, flower
stems are longer, up to 18
inches, and bloom time is until frost. Individual flowers can be plucked from the stem or
whole stem segments can be
used for a dramatic addition to a culinary bouquet. Add African Blue Basil Flowers to
sour cream for baked potatoes, top your favorite pasta dish with them or float them in ice
trays and add to ginger ale, champagne or white wine spritzers.
African Blue Basil is more suited to indoor growing than most basils. If you
want to over winter the plant, either grow it through the summer in a pot and
move it in before frost or grow it in the ground and take tip cuttings in early
fall. These are easily started in a glass of water (change the water every day)
and then transferred to a pot for the winter.
Basils do not dry well, but leaves and flowers can be pureed
with olive oil and frozen for winter use. Use about 3 cups leaves to 1/3 cup
olive oil and store flat in small resealable bags.
African Blue Basil is one of the six plants chosen to be
in our Edible
Flower Herb Garden Six Pack.