Purple basil - uses?

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  1. georgeair

    georgeair

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    Amongst my herbs I'm growing this year, I've got some purple basil that my wife picked up. It seems to be doing great, and will soon be far enough along that I'll want/need to start using it so it can continue on to my normal basil--bush proportions!

    Any ideas what this is particularly good or bad for? Any recipes, etc.? Did a search and came across the stuffed mushrooms, and some indications that it is typical in some Asian food.....

    Thanks!
     
  2. chefhogan

    chefhogan Banned

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    Purple Basil makes a wonderfull Pesto, Make sure to use Fresh rosted pine nuts... ;-
     
  3. cape chef

    cape chef

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    Georgeair,

    Purple Basil is excellent in many Asian dishes.

    Although it's a medium flavored Basil it's aroma from the oils is intoxicating.

    A last minute chiffonade into a dish helps to highten it's aroma.

    Also beautiful simply as a garnish.
     
  4. pete

    pete Moderator Staff Member

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    Make fresh pasta with speckles of Purple Basil in it. Looks really nice just tossed in butter as a side dish.