Basil is one of the most popular culinary herbs to grow and to use, in particular sweet basil seed varieties. Whilst the large Sweet Basil leaves finds its way into alfresco Mediterranean dishes; smaller Greek Basil finds its way into ragu sauces and turned into a dried herb. Thai Basil adds spicy fragrances to aromatic dishes from the East and adds a splash of colour with Red Basil.
Basil seeds are a great source of vitamins and also add flavour to any meal. They’re easy enough to grow and harvest and make a great companion for Tomato plants helping keep the aphids at bay. store and are great for all the family to enjoy. Read our growing guide above to help you get started with your basil seeds.
Culinary tip: When to use Basil
There are many uses for basil when it comes to adding flavour to your dish. There is the classic example of basil leaves on pizza or adding it to a pasta dish as well as blending for soups and sauces and mixing with salad. Why not try making your own Pesto!
How to store Basil
Once you have grown your basil seeds and they’re ready to be picked, take care in cutting the stems rather than plucking the leaves, as this will encourage further growth. Store them in an air-tight container and be careful not to make the leaves too cold as this can discolour the leaves.