Basil, Sweet
'Sweet Basil' - Photo sent in by Trevor Carrington of Pennsylvania.

Basil, Sweet

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Sweet Basil
(Large Leaf Italian)
Ocimum basilicum

Also known as 'Large Leaf Italian' basil, 'Sweet Basil' is native to Europe where it has been cultivated for centuries as a fresh and dried culinary herb. It has been a common plant in American kitchen gardens since the late 1700s. 

The leaves are used fresh to make pesto, and can be dried and used as a seasoning. A favorite of ours in Italian dishes.

Prefers well-drained soil, even moisture, and full sun. The plants grow to about eighteen inches, and provide several harvests. An annual.

Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 350 seeds.


Easy to grow and delicious!
I can't remember the recommended procedure for planting these, but I will tell you how I did it. Sprinkle a bunch of seeds all over the ground, kinda mix em in, and water. In a few weeks you will have way too much basil.

I planted a 16"x16" area with a ton of seed, and ended up with a very dense patch of basil I proceeded to harvest a third of the leaves about once a week until I spotted signs of blooming (little green flower starting on top, kind of looks like a hop flower) and then I cut the whole plant.

This basil makes great pesto. My wife and I made about a gallon of pesto all said and done. Ate it until we couldn't stand it and froze the rest. We still have quite a bit as a little bit goes a long way. It is also delicious served with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella as a caprice salad. Easy and delicious and it smells so good in your garden. Tons of food in a small area. What's not to love?
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Salem, OR. on 2/25/2018
5/5
Perfect addition to any garden
This basil has been wonderful. I started it inside while the weather was cool and once the soil warmed up, I transplanted my plants outside. By mid-June the plants were growing rapidly and have been a great addition to the garden. It was easy to grow and has been very easy to care for. It gives off a great scent and even better taste.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Glen Rock, PA. on 6/27/2017
5/5
Great for Pesto!
Excellent for making Pesto. Continued to grow throughout the summer when leaves were regularily picked. Will plant every year!
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Reviewed by:  from Boring, Oregon. on 6/3/2011
5/5
Easy to Grow
I never knew Basil was so easy to grow. The seed packet had so many seeds and I'm sure every single one germinated and have grown into huge beautiful Basil plants. Outstanding performance.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Valparaiso, IN. on 8/16/2014
5/5
Grow beautifully
As long as you care for them, they grow throughout the summer and produce flavorful, green leaves. It does make good pesto basil.
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Reviewed by:  from 38134. on 7/31/2012
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