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Basil Varieties: A Cook's Guide to Uncommon Basils

"With Basil then I will begin / Whose scent is wondrous pleasing"

Try a bed of unexpected basils, like 'Pesto Perpetuo', 'Siam Queen' and 'Osmin'. Click on the IMAGE GALLERY and click NEXT for more basil images.
Photo by Rob Cardillo
The purple bracts of 'Cardinal' help this pretty basil stand out in the garden.
Photo by Rob Cardillo
'Siam Queen' is a beautiful, award-winning Thai basil with a spicy taste.
Photo by Rob Cardillo
'African Blue' basil has purple flowers that bloom in the middle of summer. A sprig of this cultivar with the flower and a few leaves is a great garnish.
Photo by Jerry Pavia
Your kitchen garden can masquerade as a formal English garden with 'Pesto Perpetuo'. The tight shape and unusual cream and green leaves can make this basil look like a rare boxwood.
Photo by Rob Cardillo
'Purple Ruffles' basil has especially showy leaves in a deep, rich purple hue, festooned with a rippling trim.
Photo by Rob Cardillo
'Rubin' has dark-red leaves.
Photo courtesy Richters Herbs

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