Smaller than Sweet Basil, this narrower-leafed variety is known for its darker color and spicy, cinnamon-like aroma and taste. Has distinctive cinnamon-colored stems. Great for containers. Goes beautifully with fruit, or in Asian or Indian dishes.
Mulch your basil plants to retain moisture after the soil has warmed. Pinch plantsfrequently to encourage bushy growth, and pinch off flower heads regularly so plants put their energy into foliage production. Grow a few basil plants in containers so you can bring them indoors before fall frost. Use like Sweet Basil, cooked or fresh; popular in Italian and Asian cuisines.