Home Recipes Basil flower vinegar

Basil flower vinegar

by Joëlle Terrien
Basil Flower Vinegar Recipe | Eat Cook Dine

It would be a pity to throw them away: Use the beautiful flowers of the African-Blue-Basil to create a nice vinegar!

Basil Flowers | Eat Cook Dine

For some years now, we are growing the African-Blue-Basil in our garden. It’s a really nice, strong tasting kind of basil with beautiful purple leaves and flowers. But there is always the question: Do we want the leaves to become larger or should we let the plant grow flowers? Because when basil starts to bloom, the leaves grow more slowly and there is a loss of quality and flavor.

This year, we decided to let the plant grow flowers and use them to create a lovely vinegar. You can use the flavored vinegar afterwards to prepare extraordinary dressings (in particular for tomato salads or raw beetroot).

Basil Flower Vinegar Recipe | Eat Cook Dine

Basil flower vinegar

Serves: 1
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 3 voted )


  • Glass jar
  • 10-12 stalks of African-Blue-Basil flowers
  • 500 ml red wine vinegar


  1. Prepare a 500 ml glass jar by sterilizing it with boiling water.
  2. Wash the African-Blue-Basil flowers gently, dry them and put them into the jar.
  3. Pour 500 ml of red wine vinegar into the jar and make sure that all the flowers are covered. 
  4. Close the jar thoroughly and place it for 4 weeks in a dark, cold room. 
  5. After 4 weeks, open the jar and pass its content through a sieve to filter out all the flowers.
  6. Pour the flavored vinegar into a sterilized bottle. 

Now the vinegar is ready to use! Enjoy!

You may also like