Growing basil is a long, slow process.
The plants need to be cut and then dried in the sun, then watered and planted.
And each plant takes its own care.
The growth of basil plants is not uniform.
Some flowers appear very early in the season.
Others, such as those of the lily, can take several years to bloom.
It takes about six weeks to reach full bloom, but that doesn’t mean it takes much time.
The flowering period is the longest in the plant, at about two months.
The first flowers of the basil are white, and are the only part of the plant that can be eaten.
The rest of the flowers can be cut off and eaten.
But some are not eaten.
The flower tips are small and white.
They are not the kind that we see as a food source, so they are not a source of nutrition.
But they are a source for nutrients that other plants need.
The basil flower tips have about half the nutrients that a tomato has, and about half that of a grapefruit.
They contain vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, protein and fat.
The plant is also rich in calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.