Bay leaf refers to the aromatic leaves of several plants used in cooking. These include: Bay laurel. Fresh or dried bay leaves are used in cooking for their distinctive flavor and fragrance.
AFRICAN VIOLET BASIL
Found growing in a seed bed adjoining his dark opal & camphor basil beds in 1982. It seems to be a cross between these two basils. The whole plant has a warm, sweet, camphor scent. It is a large, bushy, energetic plant that will grow to 3' & as wide as tall in a season, a stunning ornamental. New leaves are heavily brushed with purple, which fades in time to a deep bright green with purple veining. The undersides are a reddish purple. Stems are slightly hairy & suffused with violet.
Bicolor leaves are mottled with varying degrees of purple. Flavor and aroma are unusually intense; the crisp, licoriceanise fragrance wins taste tests among purples. A flavorful variety from Israel.
At first glance you'll think this is a celosia, with its heavy, tightly packed blooms glowing in cardinal red. A closer inspection reveals that tell-tale scent, rich and heady with a touch of spice. Strong, deep burgundy stems hold the flowers above the smooth, bright green leaves, ensuring a vibrant show throughout the summer even as you continue harvesting fresh leaves. A beautiful standout in the herb patch and a flavorful addition to the ornamental bed.
Flavor and fragrance impart accents of sultry mulled wine scent with a hint of pine. Create a savory pesto without pine nuts. Cold-tolerant plants fragrantly carry on until seasons end.
Smaller than Sweet Basil, this narrower-leafed variety is known for its darker color and spicy, cinnamon-like aroma and taste. Has distinctive cinnamon-colored stems. Great for containers. Goes beautifully with fruit, or in Asian or Indian dishes.
DARK OPAL PURPLE BASIL
Dark Opal Basil is popular sweet basil with regal, purple-black glossy foliage and pale pink flowers and a delicious aroma. The beautiful eye catching purple leaves get darker as the basil plant matures. Aside from being a colorful garden plant Opal Basil is a very high quality basil perfect for culinary use in any dish.
This Italian variety has extremely tender, fragrant, extra-large, dark green leaves and is superb for pesto. Start early indoors or outside after all danger of frost.