Authentic Italian basil from the Genoa province of Italy. Genovese is loved for pesto, excellent for sauces and cooking. Basil aroma means summer is here! Dark green wide 3” long spoon shape leaves, heavy producer, very aromatic, edible flowers. Tall 24–30” plants. Also known as Ocimum basilicum ‘Genovese’, sweet or common basil. Tags: Color: Green, Specialty: Bolt Resistant, Specialty: Deer Resistant, Heritage: Heirloom, Season: Summer.
There are many varieties of basil. The type used in Italian food is called sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) as opposed to Thai basil (O. basilicum thyrsiflora), lemon basil (Ocimum citriodorum) and holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) which are used in Asian cooking and medicine. Ocimum is derived from the Greek word meaning to smell, like other plants in the mint family with square stems. Basil oils have potent antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Delicious basil recipes.