Basil Crimson King is a purple Genovese variety. It is more vigorous and with stronger colour than other purple basil varieties. It is suitable for growing in pots. Its leaves are very tasty, with a more aniseed touch than the green varieties. It is excellent to use as ornamental in gardens, windows or balconies. The seeds of this variety we offer are 100% naturals.
Basil Crimson King is a purple Genovese variety. It is more vigorous and with stronger colour than other purple basil varieties. Its approximate height is 30-40 cm, it is suitable for growing in pots. Its leaves are very tasty, with a more aniseed touch than the green varieties. It is excellent to use as ornamental in gardens, windows or balconies. The seeds of this variety we offer are 100% naturals.
Planting is from February to June or throughout the year if we sow inside. Basil needs heat to germinate and to develop (at least 15 oC). It is suitable, sow first in seedbed or small pots inside. We must sow superficially and lightly coat with soil. Always choose a sunny site because basil needs a lot of light, even behind a window. We must always keep the soil moist and if it is hot, we have to water frequently. When the plants are about 6 leaves they can be transplanted outside or final container. If you plante several, you have to leave about 25 cm between plants.
Basil takes to grow about 3 months. We must remove the flowers when they go out because if not, will grow fewer sheets. To harvest, we collect leaves when we need them in the kitchen. Ideally is harvest them just before use to maintain maximum flavour and aroma. The regular collection promotes the growth of new leaves. We have to collect all the leaves before the first frost if we have it in the garden. We can keep them in various ways; chopping the leaves and storing them in a glass jar with olive oil or vinegar, drying or freeze them.
It is an Herb widely used as seasoning in Italian cooking, it is the essential component of the "Pesto",it is very used in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine too. We can add them to salads, as a garnish for sandwiches and snacks, as seasoning in meat and fish. It is used as a dressing for sauces, salads and pasta dishes and vegetables. It is also used in ice cream and sorbets. Seeds are often used to thicken the consistency of some Thai dishes.
Basil has anti-inflammatory properties that can provide relief for diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or irritable bowel syndrome. It is a very good source of vitamin A, as it is rich in beta-carotene. It also provides significant amounts of vitamin K, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium and vitamin C. In addition, is often used in essential oils.
It is highly recommended to plant the basil with tomatoes and peppers, as it improves its flavour and repels pests.
Basil has been important in different cultures over the years. It is originally from India, where once was considered sacred. For the Egyptians it was very valuable because it was used in the mummification process. And in ancient Rome it was a symbol of love.