Classic Italian variety. Authentic flavor and appearance. Tall and relatively slow to bolt with large dark-green leaves about 3″ long. Ht. 24-30″. This common strain of Genovese basil can present some variability in leaf shape and plant size.
This variety is grown for its delicious flavor and aroma and used primarily in Italy for pesto. Many refer to this variety as “Sweet” or “Common” basil. Genovese basil has a shiny leaf that curls under as the plant gets bigger. This variety will grow about 2 feet tall and should be pinched regularly to encourage a bushier plant and discourage seed heads forming. The leaves have a lovely anise scent and taste sweet, yet slightly peppery. Perfect for any herb garden and indispensable in the kitchen.
LATIN NAME: Ocimum Basilicum
SEED NAME: Genovese Basil from Johnny’s Selected Seeds