Herbs: grow basil

Believe it or not, it has long been thought that scorpions originated in the brain through the use of basil. On the other hand, in Italy and Romania it was thought that it was a love herb. You can see how people can think differently. Basil, or ocimum basilicum comes from the Greek word basilicus. That means 'king' and basil oil was therefore used to anoint the Greek kings.


You can grow basil indoors in March and April. From May it can be done in the open ground. The plants reach a height of around 65 cm and the distance between the plants must be around 30 cm. You must harvest basil before flowering or during flowering. You shouldn't get close to basil wine pane or sage plants, because these are bad neighbors for each other.

Use and store

You use the leaves and you can save them by drying or freezing them. If you want to freeze basil, it is useful to first puree the leaves or make them small in a mortar. Then put the pulp in an ice cube tray and add a little bit of water. Put a pot of basil in your kitchen, because it smells nice and drives away flies and mosquitoes.
You can use basil in:
  • tomato dishes
  • legume soup
  • Chicken soup
  • Vegetable soup
  • cucumber lettuce
  • fruit salad
  • cabbage lettuce
  • egg dishes
  • cheese sauce and cheese fondue
  • dishes with liver
  • pork
  • lamb
  • minced meat
  • fish
  • legume dishes
  • onion dishes
  • eggplant dishes
  • herb vinegar
  • milk sauce

Recipe: fruit salad with basil

  • 1 orange
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lemon
  • caster sugar
  • half teaspoon of basil

Peel the orange and grapefruit thickly and cut away the membranes between the segments. Cut the peeled apple and banana into cubes. Mix the fruit together and season with lemon juice and caster sugar. Mix in the finely chopped basil and use a few basil leaves for garnish.

Recipe: broad bean salad with basil

  • 4 kg of fresh broad beans or 500 grams of husked broad beans
  • garlic
  • half dl of oil
  • half dl (wine) vinegar
  • basil
  • 100 grams of ham in strips

Cook the peeled broad beans in water with a little salt. Press a garlic clove and mix with the oil, vinegar and 2 tablespoons chopped basil. Scoop the ham with the sauce through the broad beans. This dish can be eaten hot or cold.

Video: Basil, How To Grow More Than You Can Eat (February 2020).

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