Lemon Basil Seeds - (Ocimum basilicum var. citriodorum)

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SKU:
H1069
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

Lemon Basil

A wonderfully fresh sweet lemony/citrus fragrance with high essential oil content. Aromatic white flowers with clove flavored nectar and light green leaves that love the heat.

Delicious in mild sauces, with chicken, grilled fish or seafood; yet will work well with meats. Makes an intriguing and unique pesto. Stocks, sauces and stews benefit greatly from a ‘bouquet garni’ that includes Lemon 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

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    Very Peppery Basil Taste

    Posted by V Biel, IL on Jul 4th 2017

    If you like a little spice, this basil is for you. A very peppery taste, quick to flower in heat. Worth trying.

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