Basil, Mrihani (Ocimum basilicum), packet of 30 seeds, organic

(3 customer reviews)

$2.95

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Annual, with leaf harvest in 60 days

This is a traditional cultivar originally grown in Zanzibar, introduced by Richo Cech to the US in 1990.  The leaves are ruffled, with a strong characteristic basil smell and flavor, with undertones of fennel.  The flowers are purple.  In E African cuisine, the fresh or dried leaves are used as an ingredient in curries, stir fries, and the omipresent coconut-based sauces (yum!).  The plant is also an ingredient in handmade perfumes (manukato), often worn in a small cloth bag around the neck.  The scent is pervasive and pleasant.  After some time scientists in the US got ahold of this basil and isolated a gene that can be used to confer downy mildew resistance to other culinary basils. They did this without my knowledge and I’m neither here nor there about it.  The seed in this packet is grown by me, is organic, is true to form,is unique, and is relinquished to the public domain.  Plant prefers full sun and regular garden soil.  Plants are mid to large size and may be spaced at 2 feet apart.  Standard basil culture.

30 Seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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