Basil 'Genovese', also called Sweet Basil, is one of the most popular herb plants that we grow. We grow a lot of basil plants
and this is a favorite for authentic Italian basil flavor and aroma
- 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!