There are basil seeds for pungent pesto, colourful garnishes, and spicy international dishes. The plant owes its aromatic and variable nature to a complex combination of chemicals, expressed uniquely in each variety. Many of the components that distinguish the different varieties of basil are also found in the foods they resemble. For instance, the clove-scented basils contain higher proportions of a chemical called eugenol, which is also found in cloves. Lemon basil contains significant quantities of citral, which gives lemon peel its distinctive smell. Anethole is the chemical that gives basil its licorice-like aroma, and anethole is also found in anise, true licorice, and fennel. This game of scents demonstrates one aspect of plant chemistry in plain, easily observed terms.
COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we do business.
To help us better serve you and keep our team safe, some of our garden tools and accessories will be unavailable at times throughout the growing season. We encourage you to support your locally owned garden centre to purchase these products.
As always, we are committed to providing gardeners and farmers with the best service possible. While we work hard to minimize shipping delays, due to current conditions, at times these may be unavoidable.