Lime basil a refreshing addition to garden

This was my first year growing lime basil and I haven’t been disappointed.

lime-basil-blogLime basil (Ocimum basilicum americanum) is a refreshingly delicious culinary herb that I grew from seed as another one of my backyard experiments.

I picked up a packet of seeds at the Colorado Garden and Home Show for two reasons: I love basil and I really love basil. The lime was just an added bonus.

I sowed the seeds in early June in a long, narrow and shallow plastic patio planter by sprinkling them on top of the soil, lightly covering them and keeping them moist.

The planter receives direct sun all morning into early afternoon.

I’m delighted with the results. The plants are vigorous and they filled in the entire container. The leaves are small and narrow and have a wonderful lime aroma and citrusy taste.

I’m especially pleased with the plants because they don’t seem to flower as quickly as other varieties of basil, so it’s easier to keep up with them.

So far, I’ve used the leaves raw in salads and added them to chicken and fish recipes. I’m sure lime basil could be used in any recipe that calls for lemon basil. A lime basil pesto sounds downright tropical.

I plan on mixing up some lime basil butter to use with corn on the cob this summer and also for freezing as a way to preserve the flavor for use this fall and winter.

I found a recipe on the Food Network site for Marinated Melon with Fresh Lime Basil Sorbet that I have to try.

Seeds are available for ordering through catalogs or online catalog sites or you might be able to find them in a well-stocked garden center.


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