Genovese Basil

Ocimum basilicum

$4.95

150 seeds
VALUE SIZE: 1/10 oz (approx 1,800 seeds)
Certified Organic
68 days. Traditional Italian basil used for classic pesto. Fabulous, highly fragrant, sweet, pure "basil" flavor. Compact plants produce lots of leaves for harvest. The name comes from the Italian word "Genoese" (or that which comes from the region of Genoa) where Genovese Basil is still grown today. Genovese is very versatile in the kitchen—use it in salads, Italian dishes, stir-fries, soups and more. Erica loves it in her "Summer Salad" with tomatoes, cucumbers, olive oil, and ume plum vinegar. Can be preserved by packing in salt, which creates incredible "basil salt" (see Recipes tab). HM

 

Basil is a full sun, heat loving crop. It will become bitter if it is allowed to bolt (flower) or if exposed to temps below 50°. Start seeds indoors April 10th - May 1st at a temp of 75° (use heating mat). Days to germination: 5-14. Do not let plants become potbound (too big for their pots) because this will stunt plants. Transplant outside, 10” apart, after nighttime temps are above 50°. Alternatively, sow seeds directly outside early June. Prune young plants to encourage side branching. For an extended harvest, consider starting a 2nd planting May 15th.