Basils are loaded with volatile oils, responsible for the heady aroma and strong flavour so essential to cooking. The composition of oils varies greatly in different basil types, thus accounting for the wide range of scents available.
Large basil is regarded as the essential variety for true Neapolitan cuisine, especially pesto.Pick the extra large leaves and use fresh or dried in tomato dishes, pasta sauces, vegetables and soups. You can also use basil in the garden as a companion plant to repel aphids, mites, and tomato horn-worms.
Planting And Care
- Although basil is relatively trouble-free, it is susceptible to certain pests and diseases that can cause yellowish leaves on basil plants
- Basil picked for use in the kitchen is best held in a glass of water at room temperature
- Putting basil in the refrigerator results in discolored and unattractive leaves
- Genovese grows as an Annual and is a Herb
- Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year
- Genovese is known for growing with a forb-like habit to a height of approximately 45
- 0 cm (that s 1
- 46 feet in imperial)
- Italy is believed to be where Genovese originates from
- Genovese Basil is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year
- Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant
|Moist, well-drained soil.
|60F – 90F
|Basil needs little organic Fertilizer should be added to the soil before planting.