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Ocimum Sweet Italian Large Leaf

Sweet Italian Large Leaf Basil

  • »  Best basil for pesto
  • »  Large green leaves
  • »  Leaves are flavorful and sweet
  • »  Many culinary uses
  • »  Repels pests

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Sweet Italian Large Leaf Basil is considered the best basil for true Neapolitan recipes, especially pesto. Its large green leaves are flavorful and sweet and mix well with other herbs to create a flavor fest in salads or more traditional Italian staples like pesto or spaghetti sauce.  You’ll find that 'Sweet Italian' also spices up veal, lamb, fish and poultry nicely, as well as adding zest to rice, cheese and most vegetables. Try mixing a few leaves with fresh from the garden tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil - Delish! Not only is this sweet basil tasty it can also repel garden pests such as aphids, mites and the tomato hornworm, so interplant with other garden vegetables to help keep your garden chemical free!  It's easy to pick throughout the growing season just by  pinching off young leaves on a regular basis. This plant does not need pampering, in fact, dry, infertile soil will produce the most flavorful leaves!

Attributes
Edible
Foliage Color
Green
Programs
Sara's Superb Herbs
Exposure
Full Sun
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Ocimum 'Sweet Italian Large Leaf'

Sweet Italian Large Leaf Basil likes it sunny and hot with good air circulation. Interplant with other garden vegetables to help keep pests away. Water sparingly.