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Grow your own herbs!

If you like cooking you will want a fresh supply of aromatic, succulent herbs handy instead of running off to the market each time you need some! 

The best and easiest way is to grow your own. You do not need a garden for this, just some flowerpots, good soil and the herbs you want to plant. 

Today I want to tell you about efinrin (Yoruba), nchuawuni (Igbo), daidoya (Hausa), ntong (Efik), aramogbo (Edo) or clove basil in English. Its botanical name is ocimum gratissimum. It is one of the easiest shrubby herbs to propagate. Seeds are readily available, but a faster way is planting cuttings. Break off a small branch from the plant having first asked permission if it is not your own. Prevent the cut end from getting dry and stick it into your flowerpot filled with soil. Water generously and within a week you will see new growth. Keep the soil moist, not wet, and allow the plant to get sufficient sunlight, either in the morning hours or later in the afternoon after the ferocious noon heat has somewhat subsided.

After a month you will be able to pick your first leaves for that delicious peppersoup you had planned for a while. There really is no substitute for fresh produce!

Known in English as clove basil, the name will tell you that it is great in lots of other dishes where basil is required. In my opinion efinrin is far superior to ordinary basil because of its lovely scent and wonderful taste!

You can add it to jollof rice instead of the boring old thyme. If you want, use it for a great pesto
or even in a white sauce. I know some people who love Thai curry and are always looking for Thai basil. Try efinrin instead! 

These are just a few suggestions but I think that there are many more possibilities, especially since this plant also has many health benefits.
3 months old efinrin shrub


  1. This is good to know. I'm coming for some cuttings!


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