Basil Genovese - Burpee Seeds

Basil Genovese - Burpee Seeds

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Ocimum basilicum

  • Full Sun
  • Annual
  • Germination in 7-14 days
  • Days to Maturity: 60-90

Best basil for Italian pesto.

This Italian variety has extremely tender, fragrant, extra-large, dark green leaves and is superb for pesto. Start early indoors or outside after all danger of frost.

300mg. of seed

SOW in average soil in full sun after danger of frost. Sow seeds about 15 cm apart and cover with 0.6cm of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Thin to stand about 30 cm apart when seedlings are 2.5-5cm tall. Harvest when buds begin to form up until frost. 

Basil may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden, or planted as a potted plant.

  • Pinch leaves from the tips of the stems as needed starting 60-90 days after the seedlings have two sets of leaves.
  • If fresh, pick early in the morning for highest oil content. 
  • For drying or freezing, harvest leaves that have their maximum oil content, just before flowering.
  • To harvest the leaves, pinch the stems just above a set of leaves as needed from the top. This will also help keep the plants bushy.
  • Do not harvest too much of the plant at one time as this may weaken the plant.
  • Flowers are also edible and may be used as a garnish.
  • To dry, cut whole stems on a dry morning. Tie stems loosely together in small bunches and hang in a dry, airy location out of the sun. Basil may also be dried on a cheesecloth or a window screen in a dry, shady location. When thoroughly dry, store in a tightly sealed glass jar in a dry, dark location.  
  • Basil may be frozen dry on a cookie sheet and then sealed in zip lock bags, or it can be minced and frozen in an ice cube tray in water or olive oil. 
  • You can also preserve basil using sea salt. Place a layer of sea salt on the bottom of the container you will use. Place a leaf on top of the salt. Add a layer of salt to cover the leaf so the leaves do not touch each other. Make as many layers are you have room for and seal the container and place in the refrigerator.

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