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Ocado British Growing Basil Pot

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4 out of 5 (79)

59 out of 79 customers would recommend this product to a friend.

life 3 days guaranteed (avg. 4)*

Suitable for vegetarians

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Product Description

The king of herbs, basil is the most popular of the Mediterranean herbs with its lush green leaves and pungent flavour reminiscent of Italian cooking.

Pick tender leaves from the plant to adorn your caprese salad, or chop and mix with olive oil for a fantastic pesto sauce for your pasta, magnifico!

Serving Suggestion
Caprese Salad - Place alternate slices of mozzarella and beef tomato on a plate, sprinkle basil leaves over and drizzle with olive oil and season with a little salt and pepper.
Pesto - Combine pine nuts, basil, grated parmesan, garlic and olive oil in a food processor and blend. Stir into your favourite pasta.

The best way to look after basil is to let the plant tell you it needs watering, as it will start to wilt. The plants will quickly spring back up and the stress will actually increase the oil content they are producing, improving the flavour. It is also important not to water the plants too soon before harvesting the leaves, as this will dilute the flavour. Basil is highly susceptible to chill (below 10°C) or cold draughts - the leaves will start to blacken.

Product Information





Do not refrigerate, wash before use.

Growing herbs are 'cut as you need', harvest just above leaf growth to encourage the plant to re-grow.

Watering the herbs from the bottom is the key to keeping them healthy and to prolonging their life. Your herbs have always been watered from below so by keeping to this regime you will extend the life of the plant.

Remove the herb pots from their sleeves and place the pots on a saucer. By placing water at the bottom of the tray you can always see how much water your plants have taken up. As most herbs originate from hot countries they like to be kept on the dry side. The more heat and light they are exposed to, the more frequently they will need watering. Generally water little and often and never keep your plant in standing water.


1. Pick leaves as required.
2. Wash before use.
3. Tear or chop.
4. Add at the end of cooking for maximum flavour.

Country of Origin

Our growing herbs are British grown all year round


Produced and packed for:

Ocado Retail Ltd.,
AL10 9NE,


Package Type

Plastic Sleeve

Other Information

Ocado Growing Herbs come in a specially designed outer carton to prevent damage during transit.


Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

79 customers reviewed this product Average rating 4

59 out of 79 customers would recommend this product to a friend.

Rating: 5 star out of 5

Been excellent every time

I'm really glad to be able to buy British grown herbs. I'm surprised at some of the reviews as I've ordered it a few times now and each time it's been really excellent quality and condition. I just got the watering tray for free on offer and now really enjoy always having fresh herbs and not having the usual bags that go off before you've used them.

Rating: 1 star out of 5

Should've bought a bag...

instead of the growing pot. I bought the basil on Monday and needed the basil to last until Thursday. Unfortunately I only had two or three stems that hadn't wilted, the rest were floppy and pretty useless. I used the little water tray, watered it to instruction but with no joy. I ordered a mint plant at the same time which is still going strong. I don't expect these herbs to last forever but as I needed them for a specific meal at the end of the week I felt sure a live herb would've faired better than a pre-picked option. I won't bother next time, the bagged fresh basil would probably have faired better in the fridge and is much better value too.

Rating: 1 star out of 5

Dies in 24 hours

I have also bought this twice, and won't be doing so again. Starts to die within 24 hours and after 3 days is totally useless. I'm a gardener so know how to look after plants. I suspect they're treated with something so they don't live for long!!

Rating: 1 star out of 5

Dying basil

I've had loads of these from other places and they usually last a few weeks, sometimes even months. I've bought this one twice now and they barely made it through the weekend after a Friday delivery. Won't be bothering again - second chance was the last one.

Rating: 2 star out of 5

1 of 1 found this review helpful.

died after a few days

I've been able to nurture even those growing herb plants that have clearly been grown to only last a few weeks, for months so I had high hopes for this one. When it arrived parts of it were already starting to wilt and despite carefully watering from the bottom as advised as the soil looked extremely dry, after five days now it is all but dead. I bought it to use in a recipe tomorrow will have to go and buy packaged basil now.


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