Herb – Basil Blue Spice

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The blue-green leaves are very fragrant.  Lemony with vanilla overtones, and said to be sweet and spicy at the same time.  Substitute Blue Spice in recipes that call for sweet basil.  Use in fresh fruit salads, dressings, marinades and poultry dishes, plus beverages and baked goods.  use sparingly as it can be overpowering.  You can start to harvest leaves early in the season, or allow plant to flower.  For more leaf production, pinch the plant to encourage branching.

Exposure: Full to part Sun

Matures:  50 days

Spacing:  12-15″ apart

Container Friendly:  Yes

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DIG THIS!   about Basil:

Basil makes an excellent addition to herbal bath mixtures and is considered a stimulating herb!  Often used as a medicinal herb, basil can be very soothing for upset stomachs.  Seeping a teaspoon of dried leaves in a cup of boiled water is said to aid digestion, expel gas, relieve cramps and vomiting and has a slight sedative action.  Add several large leaves of basil to your poaching liquids for fish, chicken and shellfish for a tasty treat.  Basil is also cultivated for use by the cosmetic industry for shampoo, soaps and lotions.