Basil Seeds - Lime
- Seed Count: 300 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 60-70 days from planting
- Plant Height: 18-24 inches
- Leaf Type: Small, bright green
- Aroma: Distinct citrus-lime fragrance
- Flavor Profile: Citrusy and slightly sweet
- Growth Habit: Bushy and compact
- Ideal for: Culinary uses, ornamental gardens
Lime Basil, a variant of the traditional basil (Ocimum basilicum), is a relatively recent addition to the herb world, gaining popularity for its unique citrus-infused aroma and flavor. Its history, although not as extensive as classic basil, is marked by a growing fondness among chefs and home cooks for its versatility in culinary applications, particularly in Asian and fusion cuisine.
Lime Basil is celebrated for its bright, zesty flavor, which adds a unique twist to traditional basil dishes. It's especially well-suited for seafood, chicken, fruit salads, and beverages. The herb is not just limited to culinary use; its striking aroma makes it a delightful addition to potpourris and herbal sachets.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions:
This herb thrives in warm, sunny conditions and prefers well-drained soil. Sow Lime Basil seeds directly into the garden or in containers post the last frost, or start them indoors and transplant after. Plant the seeds 1/4 inch deep, spacing them about 10-12 inches apart. Regular watering, especially during dry periods, is essential, but be careful not to overwater. Lime Basil is a bushy and compact plant, making it an excellent choice for both garden beds and containers. To encourage bushier growth and prevent flowering, pinch off the tip of the plant after it has developed several sets of leaves.
Lime Basil offers gardeners not just a culinary delight but also an aromatic and ornamental pleasure, enhancing both the kitchen and the garden with its vibrant character.