Basil, Italian Large Leaf (Sweet)
'Italian Large Leaf' basil (aka 'Sweet Basil') - Photo sent in by Trevor Carrington of Pennsylvania.

Basil, Italian Large Leaf (Sweet)

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Used fresh to make pesto, dried its used as a seasoning.
Large Leaf Italian
Sweet Basil)

Ocimum basilicum

70 days – Also known as 'Sweet Basil', 'Large Leaf Italian' 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
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
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
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
Easy to grow and tastes great!
This is a great tasting basil, you will not be disappointed.
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Reviewed by:  from Phoenix, Arizona. on 5/24/2011
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
Great plant
These plants germinate great (in warm weather) and grow amazingly. They taste great, and the green flower stalks look nice too. The plants wilt when it gets up to 100F degrees here in Texas, but what doesn't? I recommend this basil variety. It is the best for eating. If you take cuttings they root well.
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Reviewed by:  from DFW, Texas. on 3/2/2019
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