Basil Lemon Seeds
Info: Basil is one of the most popular kitchen herbs, especially in Mediterranean cuisine. Particularly with tomatoes it unfolds its incomparable flavour. However, it is also an ancient medicinal plant, it acts appetizing, promotes fat digestion, soothes the nerves and can relieve migraine.
This basil is true to its name, one sniff and one would swear one was in a lemon orchard. Lemon basil contains the substances citral and limonene, therefore actually does smell very lemony, although it tastes sweeter. Initially, it tastes almost the same as most basils, but its slight aftertaste resembles that of lemon balm. The plants grow only about 30 cm (12 inches) and have small, light green leaves and pale pink flowers.
Try this variety in pesto, salad dressings, sauces, fish dishes and desserts.
Dried leaves are also suitable for fragrances and potpourris.
Sowing & Cultivation: Sow in March to April for growing under glass or from end of May on outdoors. Sow 2mm deep, 5-10 seeds per 12 cm containers. Outdoors sow 50 seeds per meter with a row distance of 25 cm. Basil needs a sunny, sheltered location and a nutrient-rich soil. Water regularly, but avoid waterlogging. When the plant begin to flower, they do not form new leaves, so you should remove the florescence. In the Mediterranean countries, basil grows for several years, but overwintering on the window sill is difficult because the plants usually get too little light and are susceptible to pests and diseases.
|Botanical name||Ocimum americanum|
|Sowing||Mar-Apr under glass, end of May outdoors|
|Location||Sunny place and fertile soil with constant moisture|
|Harvesting||June to October|
|Lifespan||perennial (cultivated annual)|