This grapefruit-sized fruit actually grows on a climbing cactus. Its spongy pulp is white or sometimes pinkish red, sweet and juicy with numerous tiny edible black seeds scattered throughout
Chi gu is also known as Chinese Arrowhead and cigu, it is botanically classified as Sagittaria sagittifolia -
Inventory, lb : 12.00
This item was last sold on : 01/26/15
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.
|The Compass||Carlsbad CA||760-419-8343|
|La Jolla Country Club||San Diego CA||858-454-9601|
|Golden Door||San Marcos CA||760-761-4142|
|Pamplemousse Grill||Solana Beach CA||858-792-9090|
|The Bellows||San Marcos CA||619-395-6325|
|Oscar Wilde's Irish Pub||San Diego CA||619-567-8249|
|Waters Catering||San Diego CA||619-276-8803 ex 4|
|La Costa Resort & Spa||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|Cucina Celestina||Coronado CA||619-672-4246|
|ARHE Cuisine Corporation||San Diego CA||619-564-8970|
|Tractor Room||San Diego CA||619-543-1007|
|Fish Public||San Diego CA||619-281-4014|
Recipes that include Opal Basil. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Farmgirl Fare||Purple (Opal) Basil Pesto|
|She Simmers||Purple Basil Pomegranate Jelly|
|C'est La Vegan||Grilled Baby Eggplant Bruschetta with Purple Pesto|
|The British Larder||Wild Asparagus and Opal Basil Risotto with Chilled Green Tomato Jelly|
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