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      Basil 'Genovese' (or Sweet Basil)
    Basil 'Genovese' or "Sweet Basil"

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    Our Price: $5.95
    ZONE: Annual
    EXPOSURE: Full Sun
    SIZE: 30"H x 8"S
    BLOOM: White, Summer
    POT SIZE: 3.5" Pot

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    Ocimum basilicum

    Basil 'Genovese', also called Sweet Basil, is one of the most popular herb plants that we offer. We grow a lot of different basil plants and this is a favorite for authentic Italian basil flavor and aroma - it is often used to make traditional pesto. It is a must for your culinary herb gardening efforts.

    Culturally, Genovese Basil is important to Italian cuisine, and traditionally was a symbol of love throughout Italy. When women were preparing for courtship, many would place a potted Genovese outside of their door to signal suitors that they were receptive to their calls. In India, it is considered a sacred herb, and is often dedicated to Vishnu and Krishna.

    A hugely popular culinary herb, the tall and relatively slow to bolt stems on this basil plant bear dark green leaves about 3" long. This is a wonderful pesto basil and our Italian Cuisine Kit is a great starter set for the ambitious chef!

    Basil is also a fantastic companion plant and natural pest repellent. Check out Briscoe's Tips to learn what not to plant near your Basil and how you can use it to keep mosquitoes away this summer!
    Zone: Annual

    : 30"H X 8"S

    Light: Full Sun

    Bloom: White, blooms in the Summer

    Uses: Edible aromatic foliage, dark green leaves about 3" long. Yields abundant leaves with authentic Italian basil flavor that tastes great in a pesto sauce. Easy to grow in containers or outdoors.

    Tips: As with most varieties of basil, they love the sun and cannot tolerate cold. If you are keeping it indoors to extend its growing season, make sure it gets lots of light and adequate, but not excessive water. Pinch the flowering tops down to the first set of leaves, or first node, to prolong its usefulness in the kitchen.

    Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 4 Write a review.

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      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    Beautiful basil February 17, 2014
    Reviewer: Charlotte Swenson from Merion Station, PA United States  
    I have bought this basil for the past two years. It arrives lush and lovely. I am no gardener but it survives even with me. Great output. I use it mainly to make pesto which is delicious. It's really nice to have my own handy plant.  Thanks for a good product.

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    Great Crop February 17, 2014
    Reviewer: Larry Amerman from Houston, TX United States  
    This crop is a musty have, easy to grow and produces some very fagrant and flavorful leaves.  Great for sauces and soups.  THe more you pick the more it grows.

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    Big leaves on a large plant February 17, 2014
    Reviewer: Benjamin Yarusinski from Havertown, PA United States  
    Huge, thick, and strong stems hold upright a bounty of creamy, menthe basil which is dark green and filled with some of the largest curled leaf of any basil I have seen growing.  A must for hot summers.

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    It grew to be very healthy and productive February 17, 2014
    Reviewer: Pamela McClean from Chestertown, MD United States  
    My basil plants were beautiful this year.  They were tall, very green and very aromatic.  I loved them.  I plan on planting them again next year.

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