Sweet Basil Large Leaf Italian
Ocimum basilicum Large Leaf Italian
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Authentic Neapolitan Basil for Scrumptious Italian Cuisine!
Basils are loaded with volatile oils, responsible for the heady aroma and strong flavor so essential to cooking. The composition of oils varies greatly in different basil types, thus accounting for the wide range of scents available. Large Leaf Italian basil is regarded as the essential variety for true Neapolitan cuisine, especially pesto.
Pick the extra large leaves and use fresh or dried in tomato dishes, pasta sauces, vegetables and soups.You can also use basil in the garden as a companion plant to repel aphids, mites, and tomato hornworms.
This Genovese-type basil grows 18 to 24 inches high and 12 to 15 inches wide. The dark green, shiny leaves grow up to 3 inches long on a tall, erect plant that is slow to bolt. Small terminal racemes of pink flowers are borne in summer.
Grow in a rich, well-drained, soil in full sun.
Pinch out growing tips to encourage bushier plants and to delay