Basil – Genovese
Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese'

Zone: Not hardy; grow as an annual
Height: 24-30"

General:Well-branched mound of large, green, aromatic leaves with a sweet, spicy flavor. A very popular culinary variety. Great for pesto and Mediterranean dishes.

Culinary Uses: Principal counterpart in green pesto and also appears in red pesto (which just also includes tomatoes). The leaf is also used as seasoning in tomato sauce, pizza, Insalata Caprese, salad dressing, and cooked vegetable dishes. This basil can be used fresh or dried. Also is used in desserts, including ice cream, sorbet, and custard. The oils in basils are highly volatile so it is best to add the herb near the end of the cooking process, so it will retain its maximum essence and flavor.

Medicinal Uses: Basil essential oil has many aromatherapy uses - a drop on the sleeve can be inhaled for mental fatigue. Combine it with hyssop or bergamot or geranium oils for a stimulating massage oil for depression. Anti-inflammatory properties that may provide relief for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel syndrome. It is a very good source of vitamin A since it is high in beta-carotene. An excellent source of vitamin K, as well as significant amounts of magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamin C.

Ornamental Uses: Wrinkled dark green leaves with an aroma similar to cloves.

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