Sweet Basil - Ocimum basilicum
- Medium sized leaves with excellent aroma
- Sowing instructions: Sow end March - April. Sow seeds in a seed tray cover seeds with 0.3 - 0.5 cm moist compost. Place seed trays in a warm (min 20 celsius), light place.
- Growing instructions: Transfer seedlings into small pots. Grow the plants on in a warm places and place outside only in June or plant in a greenhouse at a spacing of 25 x 25 cm.
- Harvest in July by cutting of the top of the main shoot. The plant will produce side shoots for a later harvest.
Basil is considered one of the healthiest herbs
Basil contains vitamin K, vitamin A, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium. Basil also has antibacterial properties and contains DNA-protecting flavonoids. It's the flavonoids and volatile oils in basil that give it the most health benefits. Flavonoids protect cells, are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and support of the cardiovascular and nervous systems.
Volatile oils (estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene) have many antibacterial properties, all capable of restricting the growth of numerous harmful bacteria, including listeria, staphylococcus, E. coli, yersinia enterocolitica, and pseudomonas aeruginosa. Some antibiotic medications which have been found to be resistant to some of these strains have been inhibited by basil extracts. One of those oils - eugenol - can block the activity of the harmful enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX). This same effect puts basil in the "anti-inflammatory" category because it provides relief from related problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
400 seeds Cert. Org.(GB-ORG-6)