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Lemon basil recognizes its herbaceous culinary composition by displaying heady aromas and notes of citrus, specifically lemon and lime. The plant's narrow, ovate, light green leaves reach two inches long, producing lemon-scented white flowers and seeds. Lemon basil should never reach flowering during the harvesting periods, once left to flower its flavor is sacrificed and the leaves wilt and toughen.
Lemon basil is commonly found in the summer.
Lemon basil, botanically known as Ocimum basilicum citriodorum, was originally and is sometimes still called hoary basil. Basil is known to have anti-bacterial properties featured in its volatile oils, inhibiting growth of even some drug resistant strains of bacteria. There are four basic types of basil: sweet green basil, dwarf green basil, purple-leafed basil and scented basil, Lemon basil falls into the scented basil category.
Lemon basil has moderate levels of beta-carotene and high levels of vitamin K, both are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties. Lemon basil also contains small amounts of potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium all of which are vital for proper body function.
Pick the leaves and use fresh or dried in vinegars, with fish, vegetables or added to soups. As with most basil varieties, lemon basil should only be cooked briefly so as not to sacrifice its flavor and aromatic qualities. Chop lemon basil and puree with fresh blueberries and water, then serve as a cold soup. Blend fresh lemon basil with cream, then warm and serve over pasta. Add chopped fresh lemon basil to lemon cookie dough. Puree lemon basil leaves with 1/4 cup water, then mix with sweetened yogurt and freeze and serve frozen yogurt with grilled nectarines. Lemon basil is delicate and should be used immediately upon purchase. Store dry and refrigerated for up to a week.
Lemon basil is a common herb found within Thai, Laotian, Indonesian and several Middle Eastern region cuisines.
Lemon Basil is highly cultivated throughout southern Asian and northeastern Africa, where it it believed to have originated. Basil was brought to the Americas in the 17th century. The genus and species name of basil, Ocimum basilicum, is of Greek origin meaning "to be fragrant" and "king or prince."
Recipes that include Lemon Basil. One is easiest, three is harder.
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