Ocimum basilicum var. citriodora
Basil is often called the king of herbs for a reason. It is a great source of vitamin A, grows easily, and adds flavour to everything from pizza to pasta to salads. Yes, this basil variety really does have that citrusy taste that gives it its name. Give it a try! Use it in stews, soups, or salads. Lemon Basil is a commonly used herb in Thai and Indonesian cuisine.
Sprouts in: 1 - 2 weeks
Harvest in: 35 - 84 days
- Lemon Basil grows best at 18 - 30 °C / 64 - 86 °F.
- Lemon basil likes to be cut! Start trimming your plants approximately one month after planting. You may remove single leaves occasionally but, for more thriving growth, pinching off the whole tip is recommended - it will grow two new shoots in a week. Trimming your plant will also delay flowering and prevents the taste from becoming bitter.
- Please note that Lemon Basil is an annual plant. It does not last forever. If it has been over twelve weeks and the plant looks aged, it is time to replace the pod.
- Lemon Basil leaves are a bit yellowish, like lemons, which is a common feature of such a type of basil.
- Lemon basil is not just tasty, it is also a source of beta-carotene, vitamin K and C, manganese, copper, calcium, folate, iron, and magnesium. Basil is also a moderate source of omega-3 fatty acids.