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Cardinal basil, Ocimum Basilicum Per Oz

Cardinal basil, Ocimum Basilicum Per Oz

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Cardinal basil is a tall variety with an upright, bushy growth pattern that can reach up to 75 centimeters in height and spread up to 45 centimeters wide. The plant has deep burgundy-colored stems and thick, oval, bright-green leaves. When the plant is mature, it produces tightly-packed, pagoda-shaped flower clusters at the crown of its stems that range in color from magenta to dark red. Cardinal basil leaves are spicier than common basil, with an anise or licorice-like flavor and a spicy aroma. Both the leaves and the reddish-purple leaflike flower bracts are edible and have the best flavor just before the plant flowers, though a bitter taste can develop as soon as the plant blooms.

Cardinal basil is available in late spring through early fall.

Cardinal basil is botanically classified as Ocimum basilicum ‘cardinal’ in the mint family and is named after the bird with similarly rich red shades. Not only is Cardinal basil grown for its edible leaves, but also for its decorative, vibrant flowers, which are commonly used in bouquets and flower arrangements. It is often used as an ornamental edge plant in gardens, imparting a peppery fragrance and acting as a natural pest repellent.

Nutritional Value
Cardinal basil is rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, iron, magnesium, and antioxidants in the form of omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also a good source of vitamin C and other vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Basil seeds are comparable to chia seeds with their high amounts of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, and oil from basil is used for both its aroma and its anti-inflammatory or antimicrobial effects. Thanks to its nutritional makeup, basil has been used throughout history in plant-based compresses, decoctions, and ointments for treating minor skin, respiratory, digestive, and metabolic issues, as well as enhancing overall immune function.

Culinary benefits

The leaves of cardinal basil can be used fresh or dried in cooking. They have a peppery, slightly sweet flavor that pairs well with a variety of dishes. Cardinal basil is often used in Italian, Thai, and other cuisines.

Medicinal benefits

Cardinal basil has a number of medicinal benefits, including:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiviral
  • Immunomodulatory
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Stress and anxiety

Cardinal basil can be taken in capsule, tincture, or tea form. It is also available as an essential oil.

Application tips

Here are some tips for using cardinal basil:

  • To make tea, steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried leaves in 1 cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes.
  • To make a tincture, add 1 ounce of dried leaves to 2 ounces of vodka or brandy in a jar. Seal the jar and let it sit in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks. Strain the liquid and store it in a cool, dark place.
  • To use the essential oil, add 1-2 drops to a carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil and massage it into the affected area.

Cardinal basil is a safe and effective herb for most people. However, it is important to talk to your doctor before using it if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any health conditions.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when using cardinal basil:

  • Cardinal basil can interact with certain medications, so it is important to talk to your doctor before using it.
  • Cardinal basil can cause allergic reactions in some people. If you experience any allergic symptoms, stop using cardinal basil immediately.
  • Cardinal basil can lower blood sugar levels, so it is important to monitor your blood sugar closely if you are taking it for diabetes.
  • Cardinal basil can increase the risk of bleeding, so it is important to talk to your doctor before using it if you are taking any blood thinners.

Here are some recipes that use cardinal basil:

  • Cardinal Basil Pesto


  • 1 cup packed fresh cardinal basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Serve with pasta, bread, or vegetables.
  • Cardinal Basil Chicken


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cardinal basil leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and top with basil leaves.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Cardinal Basil Sautéed Vegetables


    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cardinal basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes, or until softened.
  3. Add basil, salt, and pepper and cook for 1 minute more.
  4. Serve immediately.
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