Medium to large in size the Alemow can be recognized by its protruding mammilla or its knob-like and bumpy exterior. Its shape is round to ovate.
Each Mekanzou is less than two inches in length. Mekanzou offer a slightly sweet taste and tender texture when young. Older sprouts will be more fibrous and have a slightly bitter aftertaste
Inventory, lb : 31.65
Opal basil is available year round.
Ocimum basilicum ‘Purpurascens’ or Opal basil, is a sweet basil cultivar. Two varieties of Opal basil have been chosen as All-America Selections winners in 1962 and 1987.
The deep purple glossy leaves of Opal basil are egg-shaped and sparsely toothed along the edges. The hybrid basil variety has a stronger spicy, anise flavor than the common green sweet basil.
Opal basil leaves make aromatic herbed vinegars or oils. Make a purple pesto or use the leaves as a garnish for salads or pizza. Opal basil can replace green varieties in caprese salads. This purple basil can be used fresh or dry; it can also be frozen for future use or used to infuse oil. Opal basil can lend flavor and color to many culinary pairings, including Thai, Vietnamese, and Italian.
Opal basil was first discovered in 1830 by George Bentham a British botanist. Since then, many varietals have been introduced. Purple basil crossbreeds rather easily with other basil cultivars which allows for a great number of varietal changes. The Dark Opal basil variety was developed at the University of Connecticut in 1950. Opal basil is grown both for ornamental and culinary uses; it grows best in the summer heat.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Wine Vault & Bistro||San Diego CA||619-295-3939|
|Cucina Urbana||San Diego CA||619-239-2222|
|Nine - Ten||San Diego CA||858-964-5400|
|Urban Kitchen||San Diego CA||619-239-2222|
|Chef Drew Mc Partlin||San Diego CA||619-990-9201|
|Culinary Concepts||San Diego CA||858-530-1885|
|The Bellows||San Marcos CA||619-395-6325|
|Tractor Room||San Diego CA||619-543-1007|
|La Jolla Country Club||San Diego CA||858-454-9601|
|Marriott Marquis & Marina San Diego||San Diego CA||619-234-1500 x6113|
|Indulchi||Chula Vista CA||919-235-1697|
|Catalina Resources||San Diego CA||619-297-9797|
|Donovan's Downtown||San Diego CA||619-237-9700|
|Vi At La Jolla Village||San Diego CA||858-646-7700|
|The Crossings||Carlsbad CA||760-444-1800|
|Fish Public||San Diego CA||619-281-4014|
|Cucina Celestina||Coronado CA||619-672-4246|
|Cucina Enoteca||Del Mar CA||619-239-2222|
|Sublime Tavern||Del Mar CA||858-259-9100|
|Miho Gastrotruck||San Diego CA||619-867-4295|
|J six||San Diego CA||619-531-8744|
|Davanti Enoteca El Camino Real||San Diego CA||858-519-5060|
|The Oceanaire Seafood Room||San Diego CA||619-858-2277|
|Toast Catering||san diego CA||858.208.9422|
|Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge||Coronado CA||619-522-6890|
|Carnitas Snack Shack||San Diego CA||619-294-7675|
|La Costa Resort & Spa||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|Solterra Winery +Kitchen||Encinitas CA||760-230-2970|
|Waters Catering||San Diego CA||619-276-8803 ex 4|
Recipes that include Opal Basil. One is easiest, three is harder.
|C'est La Vegan||Grilled Baby Eggplant Bruschetta with Purple Pesto|
|Farmgirl Fare||Purple (Opal) Basil Pesto|
|The British Larder||Wild Asparagus and Opal Basil Risotto with Chilled Green Tomato Jelly|
|She Simmers||Purple Basil Pomegranate Jelly|
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