The famous basil is popular in Italian cuisine and is an annual herb. Often referred to as King of herbs and royal herb, it is believed to be native to India where it has been cultivated for 5000 years or more.
You can grow your basil in the same container herb garden along with herbs such as thyme, chives, and parsley. It is popular for its use in various southeast asian cuisines as well.
There are multiple varieties of this herb and the type that we often find available in the Italian cuisine is known as sweet basil. Other varieties include the Thai basil (O. basilicum var. thyrsiflora), lemon basil (O. × citriodorum), and holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), which are used in Asia.
Knowing Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
A typical basil should grow about 12-24 inches high.
It has small feathery leafs. It is often used in various recipes and tastes sweet.
Growing Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
This herb needs at least 7 hours of bright sunlight. Alternatively you can arrange for 14 hours of light if grown under artificial lights inside home.
It prefers moist soil, so be meticulous in watering it.
The basil tastes great in a salad or as seasoning.