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Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum

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Ocimum basilicum
Ocimum basilicum
Ocimum basilicum


  • Annual
  • Mrihani sweet basil is native to Zanzibar.
  • It grows up to midsize height and bears purple flowers and the leaves are ruffled, with a strong spicy flavor.
  • Prefers full sun and regular garden soil.
  • Disease and pest resistant.

Culinary Uses

  • Use Mrihani the same way than any other sweet basil.
  • In E African cuisine, the fresh or dried leaves are used as an ingredient in curries, stir fries, salad and coconut-based sauces.

Parts Used

  • The leaves and flower tops.
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