Genovese Basil is a classic! It's prized for being sweet with undertones of a spicy flavor. You can't beat it's aroma. These plants grow anywhere from 18"-24" inches and is the variety of choice for making pesto and adding to pizzas.
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|
What is Genovese Basil?
The most commonly used basil variety for making pesto, you can harvest these leaves as soon as they are large enough to consume. Genovese basil is also known as "Sweet Basil" and a common ingredient to all Italian dishes. The leaves are spoon shaped, glossy and a dark green shade. It grows best in organic-rich and well drained soil and is an easy to grow annual herb that thrives in areas that remain above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Health Benefits of Genovese Basil
Genovese basil is a known health tonic for expecting mothers and when mixed with tea it increases lactation in mothers. It is also a nerve tonic and young children are sometimes encouraged to chew on the leaves of basil because it stimulates brain cells and can increase memory.
Ways to Consume Genovese Basil
The most popular use is in italian dishes and sauces, especially in genovese sauce and pesto. Genovese Basil goes great in caprese salads and on raw tomatoes for a light, healthy "summery" treat. Mix basil leaves with olive oil and freeze in ice-cube trays for flavored oils when cooking.
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