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Do you know all the basil species?

Updated: Mar 20, 2023


Many species of basils !

Lemon, cinnamon, Thai or genovese basil, there are

more than 150 species throughout the world, some with original

tastes. Farm3 grows a large variety in its cubes.

We'll let you discover them in this blog!

Thin green basil

Thin green basil Farm3

This species comes from India this species is very decorative with its dense leafs, it also has the reputation to be more fragrant than the green basil.

Dried it loses much of its aroma, it is preferable to use it fresh or frozen.

Cinnamon basil

Cinnamon basil Farm3

Native to Mexico, it is used in many desserts, including compotes or fruit salads. It is preferable to break the leaves, to extract more flavour aroma.

Thai basil

Thai basil Farm3

Native to Southeast Asia, Thai basil has a very spicy flavor similar to tarragon or aniseed. It is mainly used with Asian soups and curries.

Osmin basil

Osmin basil Farm3

Coming from Italy, the osmin basil has toothed leaves. Its aniseed flavor differentiates it from more traditional basil. It is very used in cooking for its aroma, to be used in your salads, sauces or fish.

Common basil

Common basil Farm3

Typical of Italy, it is ideal for preparing pesto. Also called genovese basil, which is the name in Italian of protected designation of origin (D.O.P.).

It goes very well with garlic, to prepare sauces like pesto, also, it is perfect with tomatoes and mozzarella.

Lemon basil

Lemon basil  Farm3

Cultivated mainly in North Africa and South Asia for its powerful lemon fragrance, it is popular in Arabic gastronomy. It perfumes perfectly salads or fish.


What can I do with basil ?

Basil is easy to cook, it is one of the most indoor herbs

aromatic used. It aromatizes our salads, our sauces, our

infusions, and also our desserts!

Some recipes !

Lemon basil cookies

Lemon basil Farm3

Total time: 25 min

Ingredients: - 225g of soft butter

- 1 tbsp lemon juice

- 400g of flour

- 200g of fresh lemon basil

- 100g powdered sugar

- Step 1

Start by preheating your oven to 392 °F.

Then beat the butter with the sugar in a bowl.

- Step 2

Cut your fresh basil leaves, then add the lemon juice.

Add the mixture to the butter and sugar bowl.

- Step 3

Incorporate the flour while mixing the preparation until

you get a soft ball of dough.

You should make a soft ball of dough. Caution: the

dough must not be crumbly. be crumbly.

- Step 4

Cover a baking sheet with baking paper.

Make a ball with the equivalent of a tablespoon of dough,

and space the cookies a few inches apart.

- Step 5

Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.

(edges of cookies should be golden brown).

Have a nice meal !

Cream of Common basil

Common basil Farm3

Total time: 25 min

Ingredients: - 1 Bouquet of basil

- 1 white onion

- 3 ccs of fresh cream

- 1 handful of pine nuts

- Salt and pepper

- Step 1

Start by frying the onion in a saucepan.

Add 50cl of water and bring to a boil.

- Step 2

Then add the basil leaves and leave to simmer for

3 minutes.

- Step 3

Put everything in a blender and blend until a smooth mixture.

- Step 4

Add the fresh cream and the pine nuts and mix again.

you only have to salt and pepper to your liking.

Have a nice meal !


A little extra!

Therapeutic virtue of basil

The basil leaves, used in infusion, have the reputation to

to calm stomach cramps, migraines and cough.

Share your recipe photos !


You can buy Farm3 basil at the Boutique du Tillau in Pontarlier. Or come and taste them during one of our visits !

Our basilics are grown on site and are optimized to bring out their natural flavors.

Jus de raisin au basilic citron Farm3
Grape juice with lemon basil

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