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Blue Spice Basil
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|Loo Loo Farms|
Blue Spice basil has small, bright green, highly aromatic leaves. The tear-drop shaped leaves have toothed margins and a slightly fuzzy texture. As the plant matures, the flower stems darken to maroon or purple, and new leaves blushed with a deep purple that eventually fades. The plant stems will produce dense spikes of dark purple bracts with light purple flowers. Blue Spice basil flowers bloom earlier than most varieties, but their presence does not keep the plant from growing or producing new growth. Blue Spice basil offers strong aromas of vanilla, spice and lemon, with similar flavors, in addition to the subtle licorice taste common in basil.
Blue Spice basil is available in the late spring and through the summer months.
Blue Spice basil is considered one of the most fragrant varieties of basil. Botanically it is classified as Ocimum basilicum, though it is a hybrid of O. basilicum and O. americanum and is sometimes listed as such. Specifically, it is a cross between lemon basil and purple basil. Aromatic Blue Spice basil is often used in fragrant bouquets or sachets and is a popular variety for herb gardens.
Blue Spice basil is high in vitamin K and is a very good source of vitamins A and C, calcium folate, and the minerals iron, copper, and magnesium. The herb also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which provide antioxidant properties. The compound bisabolene found in Blue Spice basil provides strong antioxidant benefits as well as antimicrobial properties.
Blue Spice basil is most often used raw. It can be chopped fresh and used for salads, marinades, dressings, and dips. Use whole leaves as a garnish or muddle for beverages. Fresh or dried leaves can be used in teas, potpourri or bouquets. Blue Spice basil pairs well with poultry and fresh fruits for salads. The flowers can be used as garnish or added to beverages for a hint of flavor. Store unwashed Blue Spice basil in the refrigerator, lightly wrapped, and use within a few days.
Blue Spice basil contains a compound called bisabolene, which has a warm, spicy aroma with hints of balsamic, citrus and myrrh. The compound is extracted from the herb and used in cosmetics and other commercial products as a substitute for bergamot, myrrh or lemon, and is used as a fixative to stabilize neroli oil.
Blue Spice basil is said to be an heirloom variety, though the exact date of the cross is unknown. Basil has its origins in tropical Africa and Southeast Asia. It cross-pollinates easily, resulting in more than 60 different varieties, with various sub-species and forms. Blue Spice basil is most likely spotted at local farmer’s markets or in backyard gardens.
Recipes that include Blue Spice Basil. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Black Girl Chef's Whites||Blue Spice Basil and Key Lime Mojito|