Basil Seeds - Corsican
- Seed Count: 100 Seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 60-70 days from planting
- Variety: Corsican Basil
- Plant Characteristics: Compact growth, unique coloration
- Leaf Color: Deep purple with green highlights
- Flavor Profile: Aromatic with classic basil taste
- Optimal Growing Conditions: Warm, well-drained soil, full sun
- Planting Depth: 1/4 inch
History: Corsican Basil is a distinctive variety, renowned for its striking deep purple leaves edged with green, making it as visually appealing as it is flavorful. This basil variant has Mediterranean roots, reflecting the region's long history of culinary and herb cultivation. Its unique coloration and robust aroma represent a blend of tradition and botanical innovation, making it a prized herb in kitchens worldwide.
Uses: In the kitchen, Corsican Basil is a versatile herb, used to add color and flavor to a variety of dishes. It's particularly popular in Italian cuisine, enhancing everything from pesto to caprese salads. The herb's aromatic quality also makes it a great addition to infused oils, vinegars, and even cocktails. Its vibrant leaves can be used as a decorative garnish, adding a splash of color and a burst of flavor to any dish.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Corsican Basil thrives in warm climates and prefers a sunny spot in the garden or a window sill. It grows best in well-drained soil and needs regular watering, especially during dry periods. To plant, scatter the seeds lightly on the soil surface and cover them with a thin layer of soil, about 1/4 inch deep. Keep the soil moist until germination, which typically occurs within 7-14 days. Once the seedlings have developed a few sets of true leaves, they can be thinned or transplanted to allow for proper growth. Regular pruning of the tips will encourage bushier growth and prevent early flowering, ensuring a longer harvesting period.