PLANT: Erect And Bushy With Small To Medium Leaves, Rich In Aroma
LEAF COLOUR: Purple
HARVESTING: 30-35 Days From Sowing
SOWING TIME: Throughout The Year
With origins in India, Basil has been in cultivation since ancient times. Similar in looks to the mint leaves and in taste to the anise, basil has as many as 60 varieties and one of the very beneficial is the purple colored one. Belonging to the same family of plants as peppermint, the fragrant leaves of basil are full of health-giving nutrients and minerals. More so with the purple variety. The purple basil with its reddish-purple leaves have a quite distinct and individualistic aroma. The color makes it very attractive to look at. The purple color is due the presence of anthocyanins and is particularly rich in Vitamin A, C, and calcium. If you are looking to have flawless skin, luscious hair and want to protect your vision too, then the purple basil should be included more often in your routine. With these specific benefits, it does carry all the goodness of the green basil too. Rich in flavanoids and being anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory in nature, purple basil makes for a worthy herb that should be consumed without second thoughts. Have purple basil to protect your heart from cardiovascular diseases, reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and troubling bowel conditions. The most popular use of Basil is as the main ingredient in Pesto sauce. Else it can be used as a seasoning herb also. In India basil is popularly added to warm and invigorating beverages for a detoxifying effect.
Soil should be mixed with well rotten Cow dung. Sow the seed one inch deep closely at the distance of 8 inches plant to plant and 6 inches row to row. Water it immediately and then water as per requirement.Harvest after 30-35 days from sowing.