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Red Rubin Basil
Red Rubin Basil-Ocimum basilicum 'Purpurascens'
Tall purple stalks
Holds its dark colour
Seeds germinate slowly, a bit faster when heated from below, and basil enjoys hot weather and full sun.
Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: 3 to 10 – not cold hardy
Red Rubin Basil is an annual herb that can grow up to 3 feet (1 metre) tall.
In spite of its name, it is actually purple, and its stems are an even darker purple.
It leaves can grow up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long. It blossoms with small pink flowers.
Red Rubin Basil tastes nearly the same as any green basil, though a bit more pungent than Genova Basil. Sometimes, it even has a sharpness almost like cloves. The taste might be a bit too strong for some people in pesto.
Red Rubin Basil is best used fresh. When cooked, the purple colour disappears and it turns green.
The more sun the Red Rubin Basil gets, the less chance there is of green coming through on the leaves.
This basil variety has unusual reddish-purple leaves, and a stronger flavor than sweet basil, making it most appealing for salads and garnishes.Improved variety of Dark Opal Basil
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