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Purple Basil

Purple Basil (C) is an annual herb with purple ruffled leaves and pink flowers. It is fragrant, tasty (with a hint of anise flavour), and ornamental. It also seems to be slower to bolt than the green basil. Use fresh leaves to make pesto. Basil is great paired with any tomato dish, chopped fine in salads or in salad dressing. To preserve basil’s fresh flavour, blend with some olive oil and freeze in ice cube trays. Pop them out of the ice cube trays once frozen and store in a container in the freezer.

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