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.
Quick Tip Planting Guide:
Depth to Plant
Spacing Between Plants
Days to Germinate (Sprout)
No. of Plants per sq. ft.
|0.25 inches deep||
|after last frost||
Up to 3 feet tall
|Up to 3 feet wide||1-2|
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!
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