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Basil, Cinnamon- Mexican Basil (seeds)
  • Basil, Cinnamon- Mexican Basil (seeds)

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     Let’s explore the delightful world of Cinnamon Basil, also known as Mexican Basil. This aromatic herb offers a unique twist to the familiar sweet basil commonly used in Western cuisine.


    Here’s everything you need to know:


    Origins and History

    Cinnamon basil (Ocimum basilicum) belongs to the same species as sweet basil. Some historians speculate that it might be native to Mexico, where it is called “albahacar.” Sweet basil likely originated in India or China but has been cultivated for millennia across the globe. Ancient Egyptians used basil for embalming, and it has a well-documented history as medicine in various civilizations. The herb played a significant role in Ayurveda, and the Ancient Romans used it as a digestive aid. Cinnamon basil eventually made its way to Mexico via the Spaniards, thriving in the warm climate due to its easy cultivation.


    Fun fact: Cinnamon basil has even been grown in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor and the International Space Station!


    Flavor Profile

    Unlike sweet basil, cinnamon basil doesn’t have the typical licorice or anise flavor. Instead, it contains the compound methyl cinnamate, which gives it a warm, pleasant cinnamon-like taste. Imagine the comforting aroma of cinnamon paired with fresh basil leaves!


    Health Benefits

    Cinnamon basil is rich in essential nutrients:

    Vitamins: It provides vitamins A, C, and K.

    Minerals: Magnesium, potassium, and calcium are present.

    Linalool: This terpene found in many herbs has various health benefits.

    Anti-Inflammatory Properties:

    Cinnamon basil is prized for its anti-inflammatory effects.

    It can help with conditions like arthritis and other inflammatory issues.

    Stress Relief:

    Enjoy a cup of cinnamon basil tea to counter stress and promote better sleep.

    Digestive Health:

    Whether you’re dealing with constipation or diarrhea, cinnamon basil can be beneficial.

    Common Uses:

    Tea Herb: Brew cinnamon basil leaves for a soothing herbal tea.

    Desserts: Add it to desserts for a hint of warmth and freshness.

    Fruit Garnish: Sprinkle chopped cinnamon basil over fresh fruit.

    Savory Dishes: Use it to flavor meat dishes and savory sauces.


    So, whether you’re growing it in your garden or enjoying its health benefits, cinnamon basil adds a delightful twist to your culinary and wellness experiences!

    • Seeds Per Pack

      Single Pack: approx 50

      Large Pack: approx 900

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