Basil Red Rubin : "Ocimum basilicum " Beautiful Red leaf basil that grows and tastes like Sweet Italian but has purplish red leaves. Red Rubin Basil is an improved Dark Opal Basil, a 1992 All America Selections Winner. More uniform in color than other purple basils.
Culinary Uses : Basil can be dried or used fresh. It is best used fresh, as drying it will lose its perfume and quite a bit of flavour. A favorite with French cooks, who have traditionally used its leaves in soups and salads. Red Rubin Basil makes an excellent vinegar, and tastes great fresh with fish, poultry, rice, mild vegetables, eggplant and many others.
Medicinal Uses : Traditionally used for many reasons, basil is well known for its medicinal purpose. Basil possesses the properties of anti-oxidant agents thus helps in flushing our all toxic material from the body. It has anti bacterial properties which kill the bacteria that lead to many infections. Just chewing few basil leaves early morning will kill the bacteria and flush them out your body. Basil is the best remedy on morning cold and cough. You may consume few basil leaves with two teaspoon of honey to reduce the intensity of cough. Very effective in the treatment of asthma and diabetes. Helps in alleviating your stress level. It relaxes the stressed brain cells, thus revitalizes your health. It is best remedy to cure acne and pimples. Simple rub basil leaves on the affected skin and wash it off with warm water.
Other Uses : Effective bug repellant. As with all basils, you can also use this basil in the garden as a natural insecticide to repel aphids, mites, and tomato hornworms.
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