Bordeaux basil is slightly more peppery than other varieties and combines hints of mint with tongue-tingling spice.
The health benefits of this variety of basil are similar to those of its peers. It is also known to restore poor appetite and even promote the digestion of fat.
Bringing with it a flourish of red, Bordeaux basil is a gorgeous addition to green salads and side dishes. For a twist on the traditional pink lemonade, crush a handful of leaves with sugar and then add lemon juice, water and crushed ice.