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Ocado British Growing Basil


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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.
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Suitable for vegetariansSuitable for vegetarians

LIFE 2d+

Product life guaranteed for 2 days excluding delivery day, with an average of 2.5 days.


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25 January 2020 by 
Small as in Short Needs to grow before use.

Great protective Box but Short length so needs to grow.

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19 January 2020 by 
Boxed and beautiful.

I have ordered a few of these over the last year or so and they always last for months on my kitchen windowsill. The box packaging ensures minimal damage in transport and the plants are fresh and full. Great value, especially in a flash sale.

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14 November 2019 by 
Didn't last

I was very impressed with the box this came in... so well looked after and a nice young plant, but... like all other growing herbs I've tried, it didn't last. Unless you're prepared to transplant these herbs to a larger pot or greenhouse, they just won't keep growing. Worth the money for the flavour but not the lasting power.

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13 November 2019 by 
Die really quick

Not sure if it is just my kitchen environment as there is little natural light but all these Ocado growing herbs die in days. Packets last much longer for me

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16 October 2019 by 
Planted out, doing great

Got this midway through August, replanted it properly right away, gave it a week to recover and stuck it outside. Still going now, only just starting to go to seed. Very flavourful, and healthy plant.

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27 September 2019 by 
Healthy & flourishing!

Lovely tall, green plant on arrival. Just as on the picture. Tasty, intense leaves.

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