Italian Large Leaf Basil

Organic Italian Large Leaf Basil Seeds

Big tasty leaves, great for sandwiches

Ocimum basilicum
Also known as Neapolitan basil. Exceptional fresh eating quality.
This variety is the best choice for salads and sandwiches; its big, tender leaves delight the palate. Plants grow bigger and bushier than other basil types.
Product ID# HE0170 , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

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Italian Large Leaf Basil is similar to Genovese (the pesto-perfect variety) and is just as good for making classic Italian sauces (hint, pesto, hint.) Italian Large Leaf plants grow between one-and-a-half to two feet tall, with fat three-to-four-inch basil leaves. The oils that make basil so amazingly fragrant are the same ones that will repel certain bad garden bugs--plant basil among your veggies to keep tomato hornworms and mites at bay. While you can't really go wrong with any preparation of basil, this variety is especially scrumptious when used simply, like in a lo-fi tomato slice sandwich or among tomatoes and fresh mozzarella (don't forget the balsamic vinegar) to make Caprese salad.

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 4 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 60 days
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Height at Maturity 18 to 24 inches
Width at Maturity 12 to 18 inches
Growing Instructions

Direct sow after frost, or start indoors up to 1 month before last frost date. 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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