Basil (Cinnamon Basil) Seeds
Bai Manglak - Thai Basil aka Mexican Basil - by ANY name ... This little gem is my all time favorite Basil. My plant was grown from a clipping that I took from my favorite Vietnamese Pho restaurant. It was THE best Basil I’d ever tasted and I knew I just had to have one of my own. I nurtured that little clipping through 3 seasons and finally have enough seeds to share.
Cinnamon basil, botanically known as Ocimum basilicum, is also commonly known as Mexican basil. Cinnamon basil is a cultivar of sweet basil containing cinnamite, a chemical compound that gives it its concentrated cinnamon flavor and intense aroma. Cinnamite compound has claims for providing relief from common ailments like cough, headaches, diarrhea and constipation.
Cinnamon basil hosts vitamins A and C in low quantities but provides a large dose of vitamin K. Cinnamon basil has small amounts of folate and iron, all similar to standard sweet basil, but with the added compound cinnamate which is exclusive to Cinnamon basil.
Cinnamon basil is found primarily as a table garnish and savory element to raw dishes, soups, hot drinks and infused oils. Add chopped fresh cinnamon basil to pumpkin pie filling as an alternative to ground, dried cinnamon.
Steep cinnamon basil leaves in water and sugar, bring to a boil to infuse and use this simple syrup to flavor whipped creams or dessert. Puree Cinnamon basil with garlic and olive oil for pesto and use to top fresh pasta.
Blend Cinnamon basil leaves with heavy cream and beat until desired whipped cream consistency, then top brownies or pie.