Red basil is a variety of the green basil. The leaves are strikingly dark purple to red. Although the taste is similar, the dark colour provides an extra flavour dimension.
Availability red basil
Basil is native to tropical regions around Central Africa to South East Asia. The ancient Greeks believed that basil helped to open the gates to heaven. Today, basil often comes from Israel and Kenya.
ISRAEL & KENYA
How to store
It is best to store basil between 13 and 17 degrees and use it as soon as possible. Basil is sensitive to cold circumstances, so do not put it in the fridge.
How to eat
It is best to tear basil instead of cutting it, to avoid brown edges. Do not throw the stems away, but chop them finely and fry with onion and garlic to make a delicious tomato sauce. Basil can be used to make pesto or a real classic: caprese salad.