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Basil with a lemony fragrance and flavor. Wonderful in salads, dressings, or any recipes calling for lemon and basil!
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Aficionados of Genovese-type basils may find 'Lemon Basil' a bit of a surprise, as the lemony flavor is more prominent than basil, and the leaves are more textured and usually smaller. That said, 'Lemon Basil' is definitely worth growing, and can be used in just about any recipe that calls for basil. Growth requirements are the same, so give this variety lots of sun, regular water, and a bit of fertilizer. Pinching the tips (and flower buds) will keep the 'Lemon Basil' compact and will prolong the life of the plant.
|Common Name||Lemon Basil|
|Culinary Uses||Fresh in salads or made into pesto. Fresh leaves can be added to pasta dishes, or any cooked dishes calling for lemon juice and basil.|
|Harvest Time||Individual leaves may be picked as needed, taking up to 1/3 of plant without harming growth. In any case, harvest entire plant before frost.|
|Mature Size||8"–16" tall, 20" wide|
|Cold Hardiness||Frost sensitive annual|
|Light||Sun to partial sun|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|