Italian Large Leaf Basil has soft, crinkled, bright green 2"-4" leaves, and a sweeter, less clove-y flavor than Genovese Basil.
Aromatic and delicious, use it to flavor herbal tea, herb butter, oil, vinegar, pasta and pizza sauce, antipasto, smoothies, curries, cocktails, Caprese salad, dressing, and pesto. The edible flower spikes make a beautiful garnish. Reliable producer and all-around great Italian basil.
Harvest the leaves and stems from the top part of the plant, and pinch off edible flower buds as they appear, which prevents the leaves from turning bitter, and signals the plant to branch out and grow more leaves, making a bushier plant.
The more you harvest, the more it grows!
- Sweet and spicy with less clove
- Genovese type
- Grows 1'-2' tall
- Good for containers
- Tons of medicinal benefits!
As a medicinal herb, Basil has been used internally to treat anxiety, colds, colic, cough, depression, diarrhea, fever, flatulence, flu, indigestion, insomnia, intestinal parasites and worms, exhaustion, gastric pain, gonorrhea, lactation problems, migraine headache, nausea, stomach cramps, sore throat, and vomiting, and externally to treat acne, insect bites and stings, loss of smell, skin problems, snake bites.
YIELD Do not use medicinally while pregnant.
YIELD Medicinal properties are presented as information only, and are not a recommendation or prescription for use. Consult a medical professional before using any herb medicinally.
SEED PLANTING TIPS
- Botanical name: Ocimum basilicum
- Life cycle: Herbaceous annual
- Hardiness zones: 8-10
- Planting season: Spring, summer
- Days to maturity: 60-80 days; can begin harvesting when 6" tall
- Depth to plant seeds: 1/4" deep
- Days to germinate (sprout): 5-10 days
- Germination soil temps: 70F-75F
- Spacing between plants: 12"-18" apart
- Spacing between rows: 18"-24" apart
- # of plants per sq. ft.: Appx. 1 plant per sq. ft.
- Soil types: Sandy, loamy, silty, rich, moist, well-drained
- Soil pH: 6.0-7.5
- Sun needs: Full sun
- Water needs: High - keep soil moist
- Cold stratify: No
- Frost tolerant: No
- Heat tolerant: Yes
- Drought tolerant: No
- Deer resistant: Yes
- Culinary use: Yes
- Medicinal use: Yes
Good companion plants: Anise, Asparagus, Beet, Borage, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Chamomile, Chives, Collards, Cilantro/Coriander, Dill, Eggplant, Fenugreek, Garlic, Jicama, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Leek, Lettuce, Marigold, Mint, Mustard, Onion, Oregano, Parsley, Parsnip, Pepper, Potato, Purslane, Radish, Rutabaga, Salad Burnet, Shiso, Tomato, Turnip, Yarrow
As a companion plant, it attracts hummingbirds, pollinators, and beneficial insects, and repels asparagus beetles, cabbage moths, cabbage white butterfly, cabbage worms, carrot rust fly, flies, maggots, mice, mosquitoes, spider mites, thrips, and tomato hornworms.
The Italian Large Leaf Basil plant will produce medium to large leaves that can measure up to 4" long! It is of heriloom variety and is extremely fragrant and used widely in the culinary industry. If you're a lover of basil, this would be a good variety to plant in your garden.
Quick Tip Planting Guide:
Depth to Plant
Spacing Between Plants
Days to Germinate (Sprout)
No. of Plants per sq. ft.
|0.25 inches deep||
|after last frost||
Up to 3 feet tall
|Up to 3 feet wide||1-2|
What is Italian Large Leaf Basil?
Italian Large Leaf Basil is an annual plant that will produce edible and fragrant leaves, flowers, and continue to put off a few more leaves through the process of ending it's life cycle. This basil grows well in "filtered light" (meaning near a bright window or under a tree), and it grows best in 50-90 degree weather. Warm, but not too warm.
Health Benefits of Italian Large Leaf Basil
Italian Large Leaf Basil has anti-bacterial properties and anti-inflammatory effects. It's been known to help people with inflammatory health problems like arthritis or IBS. Basil also contains properties that mimic food preservatives so it makes good sense to try and include more basil into the foods you prepare at home. Basil will help naturally preserve them so they'll be safer, longer. Basil also contains all the good stuff needed for better cardiovascular health.
Ways to Consume Large Leaf Italian Basil
Use this variety of basil in your favorite Neapolitan cuisine dishes! Use the extra large leaves, fresh or dried, in tomato dishes, pasta sauces, vegetable dishes and soups.
See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board
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