Botanical Interests® Herb Organic Basil Lemon



There are dozens of ways to use lemon basil in the kitchen! It makes a great pesto or chiffonade to top fish or shrimp, adds an extra kick to flavored vinegars, is an excellent accompaniment to light pastas like capelli D’Angelo (angel hair) or farfalle (bow tie), and adds a tangy note to citrus or blueberry desserts. More compact than many other basil varieties, so it’s perfect in small spaces. Can be grown indoors in a warm, south window! Recipe for basil herb oil inside packet.

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Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum

Family: Laminaceae

Native: Probably Africa, but in cultivation for so long that it cannot be verified.

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 8″–16″ tall, 20″ wide. Low, spreading habit.

Variety Information: 1 ½”–2″ long, lime green, narrow, elliptical leaves with a strong, lemony scent and flavor. White flowers (if allowed to bloom). Lemon basil, also called Thai lemon basil or Lao basil, is used in traditional Indonesian, Laotian, and Thai cuisine.

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Attributes: Good for Containers