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lemon basil is scented basil with a heady aroma and notes of citrus, its highly cultivated throughout southern Asia. It has moderate levels of beta-carotene, and high levels of vitamin K, known for it anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains small amounts of potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium.

In the Kitchen

Use it to flavor pesto, salads, lemonade, yogurt and event cookies. Use is with fish, vegetables or adds to soup. As with all basil should not be cooked to preserve aroma and flavors. Chop lemon basil and puree with fresh blueberries and water to serve as a cold soup. Blend with fresh cream and serve over pasta, or use it as a salad dressing, or over a baked potato. As a dessert add chopped basil to lemon cookie dough, blend with yogurt and honey.