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!
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 vegetarians
Product life guaranteed for 2 days excluding delivery day, with an average of 2.5 days.
Ratings and reviews
Customer reviews (249)
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.
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
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.
Healthy & flourishing!
Lovely tall, green plant on arrival. Just as on the picture. Tasty, intense leaves.
Perfect as I need
Well packed and very fresh, definitely will buy again
Small but healthy plant arrived.
I bought a small plant in May - yes almost 5 months ago and it's still alive! It cam well packaged, rather small but healthy enough. I cut off 1/3rd of the clear plastic and left about 2/3rds to give it a little support for the droopy stems. It lived on my windowsill for over a month, I watered it every 2 days, and snipped only above where new shoots were appearing. I went away for 4 days and when I returned it was dry and looked completely dead, but I soaked the soil overnight in shallow water and the next day the plant was almost completely revived. I might have just been lucky? -But worth a try before chucking. I went away at the end of July, and decided rather than binning it, I'd plant it in a bigger pot on the terrace. I kind of expected it to be dead when I returned a month later, but it in fact has more than tripled in size and has plenty of large dark healthy leaves. Anyway - it's the best £1.25 I've ever spent!