Lemon Basil

Hybrid undersized Lemon Basil is a mixture of African and common basil. The leaves have a delicious lemon scent that lends excellent citrus flavors to seafood, pasta, and vegetables. Found in Lao, Persian, Arabic, Indonesian and Thai cuisines. You can also add Lemon-flavored white flowers to fresh salads or as a decoration to a party drink. Lemon basil leaf oils are full of antioxidants and are often used to heal and prevent skin damage. It grows well both in the container and in the garden.
Originally from India and ancient Persia, basil has long been considered one of the most revered herbs. In mаny cultures, basil is a symbol of love; it is given a sign of friendship, protection, and truth. English kings loved basil for both its culinary and cosmetic purposes. It has gained widespread acceptance throughout England for its wonderful scent, sometimes added to bouquets and used as an air freshener in their homes. Medicinally, basil oil is often used to treat various conditions such as depression and anxiety, colds, coughs or sore throats, and insect bites.
As heirloom basil that provides a spicy, bright aroma with hints of toasty sweetness, Purple Ruffles Basil is an award-winning quality herb in terms of flavor and elegance. This Purple basil type is often added to fresh salads as a bright garnish or blended into a striking violet pesto. As sweet basil varieties range in flavor, Purple Ruffles Basil thrives as a beautiful adornment and spicy herb.

How to grow Lemon Basil from seeds:

  • Sowing: Basil is thermophilic and grows well in warm weather. You can grow lemon basil seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost in regions with a short growing season. Then transplant at a distance of 15-18″. When hung, directly sow 1/4″ Lemon Basil seeds in rich soil and full sun. When the seedlings develop, thin them out to 15-18″ apart. Basil grows well indoors or as a container plant.
  • Growing of Lemon Basil: Basil needs well-draining soil and moist soil. Needs protection below 50 degrees F. As the plant grows, pruning helps it develop into a bushy and healthy plant. Remove the top few pairs of leaves on each stem, making sure there are at least three sets of leaves on the bottom.
  • How and When to Harvest Lemon Basil: Harvest the leaves when they are 6-8 ″ tall. Once the plant is rooted, collecting the leaves is the impetus for new growth. Don't let the plant bloom as the leaves taste bitter. If necessary, remove individual leaves or portions of the stem, being careful to leave at least three sets of leaves per stem length for healthy growth. When harvesting, pinch off the stem just above the next set of leaves. Store fresh basil at room temperature in a glass of water. Use a dryer or oven to dry basil. Due to the high water content in basil, mold can quickly form.
  • Lemon Basil's Seed Saving: The Lemon Basil seeds will begin to develop when the flowers have faded. Collect the brown pods and lay them out to dry out of direct sunlight. Thresh the heads of cabbage to remove the seeds and clean as much of the trash as possible. Store lemon basil seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS:

  • Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum
  • Type: Open Pollinated, Warm Season
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Seeds per Ounce: 21,000
  • Planting Method: From Transplant
  • Sunlight: Full Sun
  • Height: 24 Inches
  • Color: Green
  • Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall
  • Uses: Aromatic

 

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