Variety: Opal Basil

Variety Overview

Opal basil is deep purple to burgundy, sometimes with green variegation, and has oval, slightly toothed leaves. Its flavor is more clove- or anise-like, and it is less sweet than standard sweet basil.


  • Herbs
  • Cooking Vegetables
  • Oval, dark purple to burgundy leaves with toothed edges; leaves will sometimes have a variegated green pattern

  • Less sweet, with flavors of anise and clove

  • Basil leaves can be about half an inch to four inches long

  • Deep purple to burgundy

  • Oval leaves with toothed edges

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Year-round

  • Photo courtesy World Variety Produce

Find Companies