Basil - Lemon
This basil is true to its name, one sniff and one would swear one was in a lemon orchard. Lemon Basil contains citral and limonene, therefore actually does smell very lemony, although it tastes sweeter. It has a very mild flavour, and while it smells beautiful, the 'lemon' in the name does trick one into expecting something that tastes a little more lemony. Use it to marinate, grill, finish, or dress salad dressings, sauces, fish dishes and desserts. It also makes a wonderfully citrus pesto.
Lemon basil is a popular herb in Arabic, Indonesian, Philippines, Lao, Malay, Persian and Thai cuisine. Because of this, can often be found with the names Thai lemon basil or Lao basil.
The bright, fresh, lemony sweet scent and taste make them a perfect match for seasonal fruits and garden produce, a good addition to any recipe that calls for citrus highlights. The taste is milder than the ordinary basil and is often eaten raw.
|Botanical Name||Ocimum americanum|