Cinnamon Basil, also called Mexican Basil, has glossy, deep green leaves that turn reddish at the tips when mature, and dark cinnamon-colored stems. Its warm, sweet cinnamon-anise flavor is especially nice in ham and pork dishes, apple pie and other desserts, and kombucha.
The violet flower spikes make an unusual garnish or addition to salads. Harvest the leaves and stems from the top part of the plant, and pinch off edible flower buds as they appear, which prevents the leaves from turning bitter, and signals the plant to branch out and grow more leaves, making a bushier plant.
The more you harvest, the more it grows!
- Cinnamon- anise flavor
- Tons of medicinal benefits!
- Good for indoor gardens
- Good for containers
As a medicinal herb, Basil has been used internally to treat anxiety, colds, colic, cough, depression, diarrhea, fever, flatulence, flu, indigestion, insomnia, intestinal parasites and worms, exhaustion, gastric pain, gonorrhea, lactation problems, migraine headache, nausea, stomach cramps, sore throat, and vomiting, and externally to treat acne, insect bites and stings, loss of smell, skin problems, snake bites.
⚠️ Do not use medicinally while pregnant.
⚠️ Medicinal properties are presented as information only, and are not a recommendation or prescription for use. Consult a medical professional before using any herb medicinally.
SEED PLANTING TIPS
- Botanical name: Ocimum basilicum
- Life cycle: Herbaceous annual
- Hardiness zones: 8-10
- Planting season: Spring, summer
- Days to maturity: 60-80 days; can begin harvesting when 6" tall
- Depth to plant seeds: 1/4" deep
- Days to germinate (sprout): 5-10 days
- Germination soil temps: 70F-75F
- Spacing between plants: 18"-24" apart
- Spacing between rows: 18"-24" apart
- # of plants per sq. ft.: Appx. 1 plant per 2 sq. ft.
- Soil types: Sandy, loamy, silty, rich, moist, well-drained
- Soil pH: 6.0-7.5
- Sun needs: Full sun
- Water needs: High - keep soil moist
- Cold stratify: No
- Frost tolerant: No
- Heat tolerant: Yes
- Drought tolerant: No
- Deer resistant: Yes
- Culinary use: Yes
- Medicinal use: Yes
Good companion plants: Anise, Asparagus, Beet, Borage, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Chamomile, Chives, Collards, Cilantro/Coriander, Dill, Eggplant, Fenugreek, Garlic, Jicama, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Leek, Lettuce, Marigold, Mint, Mustard, Onion, Oregano, Parsley, Parsnip, Pepper, Potato, Purslane, Radish, Rutabaga, Salad Burnet, Shiso, Tomato, Turnip, Yarrow
As a companion plant, it attracts hummingbirds, pollinators, and beneficial insects, and repels asparagus beetles, cabbage moths, cabbage white butterfly, cabbage worms, carrot rust fly, flies, maggots, mice, mosquitoes, spider mites, thrips, and tomato hornworms.
By far the most popular variety and possibly one of the most fragrant, this basil grows easily. Its aroma will remind you of sweet cinnamon and it is popular for use in hot drinks and paired with fresh fruit.
What is Cinnamon Basil?
Very easy to grow, and found in many home gardens, this sweet basil is exotic and has dark green leaves with purplish-red stems and purple blooms. It's spicy and has a cinnamon-like taste and scent. If you like making homemade potpourris or dried flower arrangements try adding some cinnamon basil!
Some gardeners grow this variety of basil to help repel certain pests like aphids and mites in their gardens.
Health Benefits of Cinnamon Basil
Cinnamon basil is a must have, medicinal herb. It offers anti-inflammatory benefits and can relieve symptoms of arthritis! If you suffer from allergies, diabetes, colds, the flu, or infertility, some would swear by the benefits of consuming cinnamon basil and how it's improved their health. It is even used in the treatment of some cancers. It naturally boosts your immune system and is a known anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Are you growing this yet?...because you should be!
Ways to Consume Cinnamon Basil
Use this exotic and fragrant basil in any recipe that calls for basil. The sweet flavor is great when paired with other fruity herbs. Pick the leaves when small and tender and use them in your favorite recipes or put them in bottles of olive oil to make cinnamon flavored oil.
Cinnamon basil pairs harmoniously with apple pie filling, apple sauce, pork or ham dishes. Add frozen basil leaves to soups or sauces.
Cinnamon basil can also be used to make refreshing teas, hot or cold!
See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board
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