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Genovese Basil

Genovese Basil

Ocimum basilicum

Certified Organic Seed

Classic basil for pesto boasts excellent flavor and quality.
Ships January 1st, 2017

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This basil is a good example of how food culture has influenced plant breeding over hundreds of years. Pesto is a regional dish from Genoa in the Liguria region of northern Italy. Over time, Genovese gardeners and farmers selected this basil for the qualities they felt made the best pesto: large thick leaves, sturdy plants that withstand multiple harvests, deep green leaves that retain their color when crushed (pesto- to pound, to crush). Of course, this basil is still delicious for flavoring sandwiches, soups, and cooked dishes, but if you're into pesto and hoping to stock up your freezer with delicious paste to last through winter, go with the Genovese.

Quick Facts

Spacing in Row 2 to 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 to 24 inches
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Days to Germination 4 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 68 days
Height at Maturity 12 to 24 inches
Width at Maturity 12 inches

How to Grow

Direct sow after frost, or start indoors up to 1 month before last frost date. For young, tender basil plants, space 2" apart; for bigger, heartier plants space 8-12" apart. To have fresh basil the whole season, start in succession at one-month intervals. Pinch off tallest growth in order to keep basil from flowering; flavor becomes too strong once in bloom. Good for garden or container plantings.

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