Organic Basil ‘Sweet Genovese’
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Basil ‘Sweet Genovese’; one of the finest of them all! This classic basil has large, green leaves and is one of the most popular culinary basils. Very versatile, not overpowering and the preferred basil for making pesto. No kitchen garden should be without basil and it is also incredibly easy to grow in pots so there is no excuse!
The seeds should be sown indoors in trays or modules in early spring to early summer at a temperature of approx 22°c. Pot on the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant out from June. Alternatively you can direct sow the seeds from June. Sow successionally for a continuous supply.
Basil is a member of the mint family. It is native to India and has been cultivated for 5000 years
The leaves may be bruised to inhale their aroma or to rub on forehead to relax from a stressful day.
Basil is known to aid digestion and basil essential oil can be used to increase mental alertness and focus.
Sweet basil is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine where it balances the Vata and Kapha doshas.
Basil plants are often used as a fly repellent and is a good companion plant to deter flying insects. The leaves can be broken and rubbed on the skin as a mosquito deterrent.
The Egyptians used basil as an embalming and preserving herb
The Ancient Greeks used it as a symbol of mourning where it was called ‘Kingly Herb’
Basil is a good companion for tomato plants and the two are often paired together in culinary use.