We used to buy basil leaves locally. But one day, we took Sabi to Bhuvneshwari Devi Temple in Gurugram, which boasts a forest.
We all wandered, hunting for wild basil. Dhara spotted the first plant. Sabi, with her Trusty shovel, gently uprooted the plant.
After hours of exploring, we had a bunch of these wild plants. Tiring? Yes. Fun? Totally.
Back home, Sabi got to work: de-stem, steam, dry. These wild leaves smelled unique. There was a mix of lemongrass and basil. Plus, they had more leaves than stem, which was unusual.
Curious about the new tea flavor? We sure were.
By the next day, we had 20 grams of one-of-a-kind Basil Tea.