Ocicum basilicum v. Prospera
Prospera basil was bred to be just that- a prosperous plant! Especially resistent to mildew and plant diseases, Prospera offers a high yielding herb with the sweet and mild flavour of a classic Genovese basil.
High: 4 Low: 10
High: 30 Low: 60
Basil has been found in mummies removed from ancient pyraminds, leading archaelogists to believe that basil was used in Egyptian embalming rituals.
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!
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.
Basil oil is said to have anti-bacterial properties that may help in reducing the symptoms of cold and flu.
Basil is rich source of vitamins A, B6, C and K and minerals such as copper, iron, manganese and magnesium.
Pairs best with olive oil, garlic, lemon, rosemary, thyme, and tomatoes.
LEMON BASIL BRUSCHETTA
BASIL AND BRUSSEL SPROUT MAC AND CHEESE
SALMON WITH STRAWBERRY BASIL RELISH
HONEYDEW AND FENNEL SALAD WITH BASIL