Bolloso Napoletano basil large leaf sweet Italian heirloom basil from Naples. Make dolmas with the large 6” leaves. Ideal for pesto although the thick leaves are harder to dry. Plants grow to 3’ and are slow to flower. Does well in Zone 7b in Southern Oregon. Name translates roughly as “blistered Neapolitan” a reference to the wrinkled leaves. Tags: Type: Savoy, Color: Green, Specialty: Bolt Resistant, Specialty: Deer Resistant, Season: Summer, Certification: Organic.
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.