Sweet Basil 'Genovese'

Basil 'Sweet' is the best aromatic basil, with a sweet taste and soft, tender texture. Perfect raw with tomatoes and as the main ingredient for a fresh pesto. More
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Sweet basil is the best aromatic basil, with a sweet taste and soft, tender texture. Perfect raw with tomatoes and as the main ingredient for a fresh pesto.

In the middle of summer, when this organic Basil 'Sweet' is growing fast, stash the flavour away in basil oil to use on pasta and salads right through the winter.

I've been spending quite a bit of time in Crete in the last few years, and now think of basil as an almost miracle plant. It protects against aphids and brings in beneficial insect pollinators to fertilise every flower.

In Crete they grow all their tomatoes, aubergines and peppers surrounded by basil for this reason and swear they double their crop. To extend your basil season when the evenings get cold, dig up your plants, pot them up and bring them indoors.

Genus Ocimum basilicum
Variety Genovese
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Sweet Basil
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 35cm (14in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow from April under cover, or plant out from June when nights are warm. You can speed the germination process up by sowing into a length of guttering under cover and transplanting outside.
Care Tips Requires plenty of water. Pinch out growing tips so plants bulk out. This grows well in a container pot.
Harvesting June - September. 6-8 weeks from sowing. Remove individual leaves or stems, don't cut the plant to the ground. Remove flowers as they appear. 3-4 months in the summer and early autumn.
Cooking Notes Freeze the leaves to preserve the flavour all year - wash and spin dry, then blend in a food processor with a little oil, then store in small containers or ice cube trays in the freezer.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
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Reviewed 27th October 2015 by Joyce Barwise

Bought the organic basil as seedlings. Had a wonderful crop, stripped twice for pesto and flavoured oil. It's now end of October and the plant is in the kitchen still bearing leaves, albeit smaller than before but without doubt worth every penny.