With lemon basil, basil and lemon taste meet. Here you will find tips on planting, grooming and delicious recipes.© Iva / stock.adobe.com The lemon basil is also known as the Ocimum Americanum and probably has its origin in East Asia. What is particularly striking is the very strong scent of lemon and the strong aroma of the plant. Therefore, it is often used as a spice or as an ornament for desserts.
- 1 The ideal location for lemon basil
- 2 Lemon basil cultivation at a glance
- 3 lemon basil care
- 4 lemon basil usage & recipes
The ideal location for lemon basil
It is possible to grow lemon basil in a pot or in a bed and combine it with other varieties of basil. Lemon basil likes a very sunny and warm location. In contrast, the plant can handle wind less well. It is therefore important that the Ocimum Americanum is only put outdoors from May and at higher temperatures. Although warmth is an important factor for successful growth, lemon basil needs a lot of water and benefits from being fertilized regularly.
Overview of lemon basil cultivation
- Sowing can take place from mid-March, indoors, in a pot
- Carry out outdoor cultivation from May or later
- Sowing should receive a lot of light
- Spread the seeds only on soil that is already slightly moistened
- Soil should be loose and sandy
Note: Lemon basil can also be bought directly in the pot. The pots are often placed in the kitchen, because the spice is then ready. However, the lemon basil should be separated and divided into at least three pots. This makes the plant grow faster and more vigorously. Due to the division, the plant can also recover and is not constantly put under stress by the removal of the leaves. This allows a plant to be used longer in the kitchen.
Lemon basil care
Basil reaches an average height of 30 cm, but plants up to 40 cm are also possible. Lemon basil is not hardy and can only one year be used. The maintenance requirements of lemon basil are relatively low. It is important that the plants are warm and sunny and regularly receive water. It is important to ensure that there is no waterlogging.
When harvesting, the small leaves must be removed first. The reason for this is that the lemon basil can perform photosynthesis more effectively over the largest leaves. In this way, the growth is supported and the plants can grow denser.
© HosseinBasirat / stock.adobe.com | Snap off the purple flowers for better growth Important: Between June and July, the lemon basil will develop purple flowers. The flowers should be removed. They can affect the growth and aroma of the plant.
Lemon basil usage & recipes
Lemon basil can be used to refine dishes and desserts. It is also possible to prepare drinks with the aromatic basil.
|Lemon basil lemonade||65 g of sugar, 20 large leaves of lemon basil and 3 lemons are required|
|Water with lemon basil||Lemon basil has a very aromatic taste and can therefore be used well to give water a tasty aroma. 1.5 l of mineral water, five leaves of lemon basil and a lemon are necessary.|
|Lemon basil syrup||For homemade, long-lasting syrup made from lemon basil, 12 lemons (BIO), 1 kg sugar and three stems of lemon basil are required. - makes about 1.5 liters of syrup.|