Lemon Basil

Lemon Basil

Ocimum basilicum

A sweet and tangy basil with an intensely citrus flavour was saved for generations for its delicious taste and fragrance! Chop and release the perfume aroma of Mrs. Burns' Lemon basil with a delicious lemon accent great in a refreshing lemon iced tea.

SPROUTS IN

Low: 4     High: 7

HARVEST IN

Low: 25     High: 60

Fun Facts

Fun Facts

Basil's origins root back to India and other regions of Asia and has been growing there for more than 5,000 years. Basil’s name comes from the Latin word for king, basileias, and was once used to make perfumes, ointments, and medicines for the royal families.

Growing Tips

Growing Tips

Lemon Basil is a fast-growing basil so make sure to pinch the growing tips when the plant is at least 15 cm (6 inches) tall. This will promote leaf growth and prevent the plant from growing too lanky; If your plant flowers, pinch the flowers off and use them as a garnish! Prefers rich and fertile soil with a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day; When planted alongside tomatoes, basil is said to improve their taste!

Harvesting Tips

Harvesting Tips

Begin harvesting when plant is between 15 cm to 20 cm (6 inches to 8 inches) tall (30 days after planting); To continually harvest, snip the stem just above the point where two large leaves meet; During harvest, make sure to leave at least 10 cm (4 inches) of stem from the base of the plant to allow for a repeat harvest.

Medicinal Uses

Medicinal Uses

Basil can help in combatting stress! Basil is a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties and is also high in antioxidants to soothe the stomach, reduce a cough or relieve a bug bite. 

Nutritional Benefits

Nutritional Benefits

A source of vitamins A, B6, C and K and minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium. Lemon basil has moderate levels of beta-carotene and high levels of vitamin K, which are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties.

Recipes

Recipes

Add me to a dish for a sweet, citrus flavour boost, such as pastas, soups and desserts. I can even be made into a refreshing iced tea!

LEMON BASIL SPAGHETTI

CHILLED LEMON BASIL SOUP

BUTTERCREAM SCONES WITH LEMON BASIL

LEMON BASIL ICED TEA