Purple Basil is a variety similar to Italian Basil. However, it is not as sweet and has a strong clover note. It is better eaten raw.
Purple Basil is a good substitute for Italian Basil if you want to add colours to your diet. Like Italian Basil, use it as a topping for pizza, pasta, and salads. Got too much? Make some pesto!
Cut and come again! Basils are fast growing crops, frequent harvest will help maintain their healthy growth. Partial harvest from the top and sides of the crop by cutting the stems just above a leaf node (the point on the stem where leaves grow). It’s important to not harvest more than one-third of the leaves at a time, in order to allow the plant to continue growing and producing leaves.
Basil may develop thick roots, lift the net pods up to check the roots every 3 weeks and trim extending roots, leaving just one pinky finger long of roots extended from the base of the net pod.
To delay bolting, snip the flower buds off as when they appear.