Lemon Basil
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Lemon Basil is a common herb found within Thai, Laotian, Indonesian and several Middle Eastern region cuisines.

Lemon Basil recognizes its herbaceous culinary composition by displaying heady aromas and notes of citrus, specifically lemon and lime. The plant's narrow, round, light green leaves reach two inches long, producing lemon-scented white flowers and seeds.

Season

Lemon Basil peak season is June-October.

Availability

Lemon Basil is available June-October.

Production

This herb is a  hybrid created from Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) and African Basil (Ocimum Americanum). As it is a tropical plant, it is grown primarily in Africa and Asia.

Purchasing

Lemon Basil leaves are a lighter green than either of the others and have a much stronger aroma. 

When buying fresh Lemon Basil, the leaves should be light green with no yellow or brown spots.  Dried Lemon Basil leaves will be more faded, but should still retain a little green color.

Storage

Fresh Lemon Basil will last about a week refrigerated. It can also be wrapped in foil and plastic and frozen for several months with little loss of flavor.

Culinary Uses

Pick the leaves and use fresh or dried in Vinegars, fish, vegetables and soups. As with most Basil varieties, lemon basil should only be cooked briefly so as not to sacrifice its flavor and Aromatic qualities.

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 t of Lemon Basil per recipe.

Pairings

Grilled Fish, Poached Fish, Pork, Mutton, Poultry, Beef, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Oranges, Rice, Olive Oil, Pine Nuts, Onions, Oregano, Italian Cuisine, Asian Cuisine, Mediterranean Cuisine, Thai Cuisine, Vietnamese Cuisine, Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, Eggplant, Parmesan Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Pecorino Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, White Wine, Pizza, Salads, Salad Dressings, Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels, Clams, Crab, Lobster, Kosher Salt, Sea Salt, Mint, Garlic, Fresh Ginger, Olives, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Balsamic Vinegar, Sherry Vinegar, Curry, Coconut, Vanilla, Pine Nuts, Chicken

Substitutes

Basil

Nutritional Value USDA
BASIL,FRESH
Amount Per 100g
Calories 23
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 4mg
6%
Potassium 295mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate 2g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes