18 Brigham Creek Road
Whenuapai
Auckland 0618
New Zealand
The Herb Patch
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Basil

(Ocimum basilicum ‘Marian’ and Ocimum basilicum ‘Emily’) 

Basil is one of our most popular herbs. Our Basil Marian and Basil Emily are a high quality and highly attractive basil in the Genovese family. Both have a traditional taste which is slightly peppery with a hint of sweetness. Basil Marian has smaller leaves and Basil Emily has medium to large leaves. Both varieties are popular with chefs and home cooks alike. 

Basil is a perfect match for any tomatoes based dishes and also can be added to soup and stews. It can also be eaten raw and is terrific when tossed into pasta, added to salads and mixed with tuna as a sandwich spread. 

Most people are familiar with basil pesto which is made with basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts or cashew nuts and Parmesan cheese. 

One of my favourite sandwiches is basil pesto chicken sandwich with a couple slices of fresh tomatoes on top sprinkled with a round of crushed rock salt. Mmmm – yum!

Basil is a perfect match for any tomatoes based dishes and also can be added to soup and stews. Basil can also be eaten raw and fresh Basil is terrific tossed with pasta, added to salads and mixed with tuna as a sandwich spread.

Most people are familiar with Basil Pesto which is made with basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts or cashew nuts and Parmesan cheese.

One of my favourite sandwiches is basil pesto chicken sandwich with a couple of slices of fresh tomatoes. To top it off, I sprinkle a round of crushed rock salt on the fresh tomato. Hmmm – yum!

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