This is the classic heirloom variety that grows well in warm, sunny areas. It may be used in salads, soups and sauces. It's large leaves make this sweet basil is a particular favorite in pesto. This herb may be grown in the garden or container planted. It helps tomatoes to overcome both insects and disease and also improves the plants growth and flavor. (Annual)
Packet size: 1 gram (approximately 600 seeds)
Basil (Annual) - This herb is particularly sensitive to frost. When the danger of frost is past, sow in rows not more than a 1/4" deep. If you started it indoors, transplant only when overnight frost danger is over. Rows should be 12" apart. Basil does well in weed-free and well aerated soil. To keep the plant producing delicious greens, remove the flower heads as they begin to form. Top the plants for strong side foliage production. Tucson Planting Information: Plant in March through May for a high yield of delicious leaves. Basil does well in summer only. Grow indoors in a south facing window all winter long. Trim the flower buds before the plant blooms; this will keep the Basil sweet and growing through the summer.
Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow. This heirloom variety is wonderful in Italian foods, especially with vegetable and pasta dishes. This and other Genovese varieties are most popular in pesto dishes. Keeping the plant trimmed and compact will encourage new leaf growth. Dried basil may be used in many dishes. Try a sprig of fresh basil in red wine vinegar to add flavor to your salads. This heirloom variety is one of the most popular and sweetest variety available.