Basil

    Ocimum basilicum
Basil belongs to the labiate family,  Labiaceae and is thought to have its origins in India. It can now be found all over the world mostly in many variants, all of them equally affected by cold and bad weather. However in sunny and sheltered places with light soil or in pots the basil grows fast and can be harvested until the cold prevents it. It cannot handle any frost whatsoever. Use it fresh preferably but dried basil is okay. Fresh leaves can also be put in oil or vinegar or frozen as pesto. 
SOWING: Sow very shallowly indoors 6 weeks before setting out at 25 cm of mutual distance when the risk of frost is over and the soil has warmed up.

SEEDS: 700 seeds/g, one portion yields about 150 seedlings.

Lemon Basil, organic seeds
Is a variant of basil with lemony aroma and somewhat smaller leaves. It has a very pleasant taste of lemon mixed with basil. Use it as ordinary basil, chiefly in herb vinegar with fish. A portion co...

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Dwarf Basil, organic seeds
Is a short form of common basil with small leaves and more potent taste. It yields a lot and is suitable for pots and urns as well, 40 cm tall. A portion contains about 400 seeds.

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Genovese Basil, organic seeds
Common big-leafed variety. Has large, juicy, green, slightly crumpled leaves of strong, rich taste and small white flowers. This is a vigorous branchy plant about 50 cm tall. It's the outstandingly mo...

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Italian Bigleaf Basil, organic seeds
Is a pesto-basil of large (10 cm) medium green, crumpled leaves, a little sweeter and milder than Genovese and with a taste of anise. This is a vigorous, branchy plant, 40-50 cm tall yielding a truly ...

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Sweet Basil, organic seeds
Is often grown in pots and urns or as border- and bed plant in Greece. The plants are shaped like balls and are uniform and very compact with small leaves but with a potent and aromatic taste of basil...

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Holy Basil, organic seeds
(Khao Prao. Tulsi) Ocium sanctum. This is the sacred basil which is grown around the Buddhist temples in Thailand. It is a beautiful little plant of rose-purple flowers on violet stems, about 30 cm ta...

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Cinnamon Basil, organic seeds
Comes from Mexico and has a surprisingly true scent of cinnamon, excellent for herb teas and different mixtures of herbspices. This plant is dense and bushy with violet-red veins in the leaves, about ...

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Lime Basil, organic seeds
"O.americanum" is an unusual basil from America with a distinct spicy aroma of lime. It is especially suitable for fish and salads. The plant grows 50-60 cm tall with medium small dark-green leaves an...

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Red Basil, Rosso, organic seeds
Has dark-violet slightly crumpled leaves of bronze-like tone. The plant is sturdy, about 40 cm tall yielding a good crop of very aromatic, tasty leaves. A portion contains about 400 seeds.

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Thai Basil, Thai Magic, organic seeds
Is a very decorative and robust Thai-basil of mild, sweet flavour with a hint of anise. The leaves are about 7 cm, shiny green and juicy thick. The brilliant wine-red clusters of flowers are beautiful...

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