If you are into herb gardening for culinary herbs, Italian Large Leaf Basil is a must have basil plant. This culinary herb
is a sweeter pesto type basil with high yields in the garden. A large variety with medium-dark green leaves, this basil is bigger than most others found in the basil
family. Fairly resistant to damage from pests and disease, Italian Large Leaf self-seeds easily and grows well in a container. Very aromatic
and as popular with bees and butterflies as it is with chefs, this is one of our most favorite basils.When compared to Genovese
the flavor and scent are sweeter and less clove like. Plant in full sun and harvest frequently to keep from going to flower.
Basil is also a fantastic natural mosquito and pest repellent and its blooms are great for attracting helpful pollinators to your garden. Planting Basil near beets, asparagus and tomatoes will also improve your crops. To learn more about using Basil as a natural pest repellent in your home and garden, and for tips on companion planting with this popular culinary herb, check out Briscoe's Tips.
Essential to Italian cuisine