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African Blue Basil
(Ocimum basilicum)

amaranth

• African blue basil is a cross between the African camphor basil and the dark opal basil. As a hybrid, it does not bear seeds, but it does bloom.

• Culinary uses of Afrian blue basil include using it raw in salads and as an ingredient in soups and sauces.

• The flavor features a stronger camphor taste than other basils.

• Basils with higher camphor content, such as African blue basil, serve a number of therapeutic uses, according to Purdue University, possesses antibacterial properties and can act as a disinfectant.

• The African blue basil plants produces purple, fuzzy leaves that change to green as they mature. Light purple in color, the flowers grow in long spikes and possess a strong camphor scent.


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