Genovese Basil

Genovese Basil

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Our genovese basil is sold in a 4.5” container and looks similar in size to the plant in the photo.

The basil for basil aficionados. Similar in overall texture and color to ‘sweet’ basil, but is a specific cultivar from Genoa, Italy, and an essential part of genoese pesto. Ocimum basilicum "Genovese" is perfect in a variety of dishes (like caprese salads) and has a slightly more clove and anise flavor that regular sweet basil.

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Details about Genovese Basil

Genovese basil is a specific cultivar of sweet basil. This means that while genovese basil is sweet basil, not all sweet basil is genovese basil. Genovese basil is associated with a more traditional Italian flavor.

Genovese basil is one of the most popular cultivars of basil and is the only basil to use in traditional pesto sauce. Genovese basil originated in Genoa, Italy (no coincidence that this is also where pesto came from).

But genovese basil is at home any Italian cooking. From caprese salads to flatbreads, this is the basil to build your annual herb garden around.

How to Grow Genovese Basil

Genovese basil is one of the easiest cultivars of basil to grow:

  • Plant in full sun after the risk of frost has passed

  • Soil rich in organic matter

  • Loves well watered, but not flooded soil

  • Perfect for a raised bed or container

Pruning your basil will help it produce more leaves and take on a more rounded shape. The trick is to simply take pair of sharp scissors and cut above a leaf node (where you see two stems start to diverge from the main stalk).

Eventually, all basils will begin to flower, which signals the end of the plants lifecycle. Cutting this flower off will help extend your basil’s life.

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