Herb – Basil Sweet

Product Info

This variety is probably the most popular for pesto, many Italian dishes and scented oils and vinegars.  Harvest sprigs just before the flowers open for the first most intense flavor.  Strip leaves and either chop or leave whole to use in recipes.  Basil can also be frozen for later use by filling ice cube trays 3/4 of the way and then adding hot water to cover (hot water helps leaves retain their color).  Save frozen cubes in a freezer bag or container for later use.

Exposure:  Full sun

Matures:  75-90 days

Spacing:  12″ apart

Container Friendly:  Yes

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DIG THIS!   about Basil:

Basil makes an excellent addition to herbal bath mixtures and is considered a stimulating herb!  Often used as a medicinal herb, basil can be very soothing for upset stomachs.  Seeping a teaspoon of dried leaves in a cup of boiled water is said to aid digestion, expel gas, relieve cramps and vomiting and has a slight sedative action.  Add several large leaves of basil to your poaching liquids for fish, chicken and shellfish for a tasty treat.  Basil is also cultivated for use by the cosmetic industry for shampoo, soaps and lotions.