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Lime Basil

Ocimum americanum

Classic basil, with a zesty twist! A close relative to Genovese basil, lime basil produces an oil known as citrol, with give the leaves their distinct lime flavour.

SPROUTS IN

Low: 4     High: 7

HARVEST IN

Low: 30     High: 60

Fun Facts

Fun Facts

Although most commonly used in the kitchen, lime basil can also be planted as an ornamental in your garden. Its oil deters deer and rabbits, and its tall, white flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinator species.

Growing Tips

Growing Tips

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.

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

This sweet and citrusy basil can help in managing diabetes, as some studies have shown it slows the release of sugar in the blood.

Nutritional Benefits

Nutritional Benefits

Lime basil is rich source of vitamins A, B6, C and K and minerals such as copper, iron, manganese and magnesium.

Recipes

Recipes

Pairs best with olive oil, garlic, lemon, rosemary, thyme, and tomatoes. Makes the best-o pesto!

DRINK ME, YOU WILL (CALVADOS)

ELDER GREENE BLUES (VODKA)

BASIL GIMLET (GIN)

HERB GINGER JULEP (WHISKEY)

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