Basil – Bush / Greek (Ocimum basilicum minimum ‘Bush’)
Bush basil is an ANNUAL growing to 30cm with a tidy rounded growth habit and tiny, light green leaves. The plant prefers full sun in a moist, but well-drained soil.
Leaves, which are mild in flavour, are used like common basil.
Leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked, and are often paired with tomato dishes, or anything with peppers or eggplant. A refreshing tea can be made from the leaves while the seeds can be added to bread, or soaked in water to become a refreshing mucilagenous beverage.
With a milder action than sweet basil it is mainly used internally for digestive issues and as a tonic while externally they are used to treat acne, insect stings, bites and skin infections. As an insect repelling plant it is a good plant to grow in the home. Basils are commonly planted as companions to tomatoes.
Please note that due to stock-take and a phenomenal start to the season, the MeadowSweet online shop will not fulfill orders for a few weeks (10 Nov - 20 Nov) . You can still catch me at the Orewa Farmers Market, or you are most welcome to send inquiries on plant availability.
Thank you !
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