Himalayan Basil Seeds - (Ocimum gratissimum)

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SKU:
H1067
Seed Count:
Approx 50 seeds per pack
Type:
Annual
Organic:
Yes
Days to Germination:
7-14 days @ 70-85F
Plant Spacing:
8-12"
Light Preference:
Full sun
Soil Requirements:
Well drained, warm
Status:
Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
$3.15

Description

Himalayan Basil 

A tall light green extremely fragrant basil with clove scented leaves. It is valued for its lime green leaves which are up to 4 inches long with leafy tops, which are used widely for seasoning soups, stews and sauces.

The leaves of the clove basil are used to keep away mosquitoes by burning and crushing for the aroma. Useful in treating chest problems such as coughs or bronchitis. It can ease stomach cramps and pain. Makes a wonderful tea.

Also known as Clove or Tree Basil.

History

In Italy, a pot of basil is a sign of love; in France it is called herbe royale – the royal herb.  Linked irrevocably with Italy and the Mediterranean, basil originated in India and was brought over the spice routes in ancient times.

Uses

The peak flavor experience is fresh from the garden and used soon after, though it retains its unique flavors and aromas well when made into pesto and frozen. Drying is a last resort, as it loses most of the aromatic oils. But we have found that basil dried from your garden is so much more flavorful than commercial dried basil.

Companion Planting

Basil does well with asparagus and helps tomatoes overcome pest insects and disease while improving growth and flavor of both. It is best to grow the shorter basil plants alongside or parallel to the tomato plants instead of among them in their shade.

Peppers – both sweet and hot – like basil alongside them, as does beans, beets, cabbage, and eggplant. Herbs that like basil nearby are oregano and chamomile.

Basil repels mosquitoes and most flies, so keep a couple of planted pots near doorways and entrances.

Common rue and sage are antagonistic to basil, so don’t plant them near each other.

Growing Tip

When basil starts to flower, it will stop growing leaves – so pinch the flower heads off to encourage new leaf growth.

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1 Review

  • 4
    The plant did well here in Oklahoma.

    Posted by Steffanie on Oct 6th 2018

    I would purchase the seeds again - very fragrant with great flavor.

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