Basil Seeds - Persian Basil
- Seed Count: 100 Seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 60-70 days from planting
- Plant Type: Herb, Basil variety
- Growth Habit: Upright, bushy growth
- Sun Requirement: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Rich, well-drained soil
- Feature: Aromatic leaves with a unique flavor
- Ideal Use: Culinary, especially in Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine
History Persian Basil, often known as Reyhan in Persian culture, is an aromatic herb integral to Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Its history is steeped in ancient traditions and culinary arts, where it has been used for centuries not only as a food ingredient but also for its medicinal properties. Distinct from other basil varieties, Persian Basil has a unique flavor profile and is a cherished variety among culinary enthusiasts and home gardeners alike.
Uses This basil variety is known for its aromatic, slightly spicy, and anise-tinged flavor, making it a popular choice in a variety of dishes. It's often used in salads, as a garnish, and in cooked dishes, where its unique taste can shine. Persian Basil is also used in traditional teas and as a natural remedy in herbal medicine. It's particularly famous in Persian cuisine for its use in stews, rice dishes, and as a complement to lamb.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions Persian Basil thrives in full sun and requires rich, well-drained soil. For best growth, plant the seeds in the spring after the last frost, spacing them approximately 10-12 inches apart. The soil should be kept moist, but not waterlogged. Regular pruning and harvesting of the leaves encourage a bushier growth and prevent the plant from going to seed (bolting). This basil variety is also suitable for container gardening and can be grown indoors with sufficient light.