Archive for August 7th, 2018


Summer in Greece and the basil plants are thriving! Usually I see one plant in a window sill but this lady in Skopelos town has covered the front of her house with many basil plants.

The significance of a basil plant varies from country to country. In Greek βασιλικόν φυτόν (basilikón phutón) means royal/kingly plant. Basil has a religious significance in the Greek Orthodox Church, where it is used to sprinkle holy water. I like the smell when you touch the leaves and the smell stays on your hands forever. I have seen signs on basil plants saying don’t touch! like the signs on a beautifully green lawn saying don’t walk! How can you resist?

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