Basil - Red Rubin - Seeds
The Basil Red Rubin, 'Ocimum basilicum "Purpurascens', has rich, dark purple leaves that are an exciting contrast in salads, pasta dishes, vinegar, and as an ornamental in the garden. Red Rubin Basil is an improved Dark Opal Basil, a 1992 All America Selections Winner. Red Rubin is much more uniform in color than other purple basils. The leaves have a clove-like spiciness flavor which is a little too strong for pesto but great for almost any basil dish.
Basil is used in so many foods, it is hard to mention them all. It is used in Italian foods and pesto and pasta sauces. Fresh Red Rubin Basil makes an excellent vinegar, and tastes great fresh with fish, poultry, rice, mild vegetables, eggplant and many others. Red Rubin is also a good container variety. Plant 1 to 2 weeks after the last average frost date. Place the Basil seeds in well drained soil with lots of organic matter.
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