Basil Seeds - Cinnamon
- 65 Seeds
- 60-70 Days from Planting/Transplanting
- Annual Herb
- Distinct cinnamon aroma and flavor, setting it apart from other basil varieties.
- Purple-hued flowers which are not just ornamental, but functional as pollinator magnets.
- Originates from Southeast Asia, carrying a rich cultural and culinary legacy.
- Dual-purpose: valued for both its culinary contributions and ornamental attributes.
- Attracts beneficial insects due to its vibrant flowers and distinct aroma.
Historical Overview: Deeply rooted in the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, Cinnamon Basil has carved out its niche in herb gardens worldwide. While it carries the legacy of classic basil, its unique cinnamon aroma offers an intriguing twist. Throughout history, it's been celebrated not just for its distinct flavor, but also for its ornamental charm, adding beauty and functionality to gardens.
Uses: Cinnamon Basil's aromatic leaves are culinary wonders, seamlessly fitting into a variety of recipes. They add a spicy kick to desserts and teas and can elevate the taste of traditional savory dishes. It’s a must-try in homemade pestos, pasta, and salads. Beyond its taste, Cinnamon Basil's striking purple flowers are a visual treat and serve as an attraction for bees and butterflies, thus enhancing garden biodiversity.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: Cinnamon Basil is a rewarding herb to cultivate. Start by planting the seeds indoors, 1/4 inch deep, about 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost. Once the danger of frost has passed and the soil is warm, you can transplant the young plants or sow seeds directly outdoors. Ensure they are spaced 8-12 inches apart, in rows that are 18-24 inches apart. A location with full sun and well-draining soil is ideal for its growth. Regular watering is crucial, particularly during extended dry spells. As with most basil varieties, it's beneficial to pinch off the tops to encourage bushier growth and prolong the harvest season.