Sweet basil is a spice herb known for its unique flavour and aroma. The leaves of the plant are used as flavouring agent and as medicine. Though similar to holy basil plant, sweet basil leaves are different in shape and colour and have a distinct fragrance.
Sweet basil is a rich source of anti-oxidants and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is good for treating migraine, cold, fever and stress when consumed as tea.
Fresh or dried leaves of sweet basil can be added in boiling water to make aromatic and tasty drinking water. The raw leaves can be ground into a paste to add in salads.
The essential oil distilled from sweet basil leaves is a major ingredient in various bakery items, ketchup and sauces. Also sweet basil is used for aroma therapy, a natural curing method.
How to plant sweet basil
The plant can be easily grown in Kerala. It can be planted on ground or flower pot.
Make a hole in the soil and add dried cow dung powder as base fertilizer.
Rooted stem cuttings or saplings of sweet basil can be planted in the hole.
While planting in flower pot, fill it with potting mixture.
Mix 20 gram Pseudomonas in water and sprinkle once in a week to prevent diseases.
When the plant begins to bloom, pluck its edges to harvest.