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Also known as Mexican Spice Basil, Cinnamon Basil is a very flavorful variety. Boasting dark green leaves and cinnamon colored stems, this variety is a favorite for chefs and cooks. Like most other basil varieties, I use the dried or fresh leaves for making wonderful teas. Plants are about 1.5 feet tall. You can begin harvesting leaves around 30 days after transplant, always leaving off shoots/suckers to grow out. A favorite of mine for Asian cuisine such as curries. Absolutely wonderful Aroma! Will grow well in containers too!
Looking for some awesome basil for cooking making pesto or drying? Genovese Basil will absolutely do the job! This fairly large leafed variety has a wonderful aroma and nice strong basil flavor. Plants are about 2 feet tall and perfect for containers or in-the-ground growing. These are best harvested when leave are young and before plants bolt. Dead-heading new blooms will allow you to harvest all season long. Plant after all threats of frost are gone and when weather is at least a constant 50 degrees outside. Will do good in window sill if there is sufficient light. Make yourself some great meals and send me some too!
If you love pesto, or salad with basil, basil tea or anything basil, you will find much comfort in growing out some of these. Perhaps the most popular basil and still one of my favorites, Sweet Italian Basil is a staple in our household. Easy to grow, this very flavorful variety is ready for harvest form sprouts to maturity, which is when ever you wish throughout its growth cycle. Pluck some sprouts for your salads or garnish or harvest bigger leaves at any point for any dish that you choose. Here, we make almost any salad and tomato dish using basils of many kinds. Eggs, soup and many more dishes get their accompaniment what basil too! Get a few varieties and taste the delicious difference! You can't go wrong with this one. Germinates in just a few days!
I love just about any variety of basil, but Thai Basil is my absolute favorite! For me, no Asian dish can go wrong when I use it. One of my favorite Thai dishes is Pad Kee Mao (Thai Drunken Noodles). When done correctly, the inclusion of Thai Basil takes it over the top! I also love this basil in soups, Thai Pineapple Fried Rice and many different Indian dishes. I say all of this to say that this really easy to grow basil can fill so many holes in your dishes, even when you didn't know it would. A very versatile variety with fantastic aroma and wonderful flavor. I even make wonderful tasting tea with this variety! Definitely a must grow if you love basil. Dry and save for winter.