Cinnamon Basil is also known as Vietnamese or Saigon Basil. Native to Southeast Asia. It has a fragrant, sweet basil aroma. It contains cinnamate, the same chemical that gives cinnamon its flavor, and has the strongest scent of cinnamon. The leaves are small to medium sized. The combination of basil and cinnamon, clove and anise flavors make Cinnamon Basil popular for use in hot drinks and with fruits. In Vietnamese cuisine, Cinnamon Basil is considered the finest and is used in soups, salads and stir fried dishes.
Cinnamon Basil is also known for actually enhancing the taste of tomatoes when planted near them. Not only that, but the basil has been proved to discourages bugs from damaging your tomato plants. Cinnamon Basil will also enhance the growth of asparagus and roses while protecting them from pests. It's a win-win!
Cinnamon basil is one the easiest basils to grow. It can be transplanted into gardens or container pots. Cinnamon basil can grow up to 3 feet tall and, if you pinch back the leaves, it can bush out to 3 feet. Stems are purple with small purple/white flowers. Leaves are green and top and purple spotted/streaked underneath.
You can use Cinnamon Basil in drinks, fruit salads, in Vietnamese food, in salads and in desserts. It's nice dried and used in potpourri.
Here is a recipe for Cinnamon Basil Pumpkin Pie from blogger and Basil lover Ramona.
We have lots of Cinnamon Basil, along with other varieties like Lemon Basil, Purple Basil, Sweet Savory Basil and Bush Basil. Come by the Farmers Markets or the Farm this weekend and add some to your garden. It'll be tasty and help protect your roses and enhance your tomatoes!