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Basil - Genovese (40 seeds) (HB101) $2.50
Packaging Type: Black
BULK SEED 1 oz (HB101C) $8.00

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Basil - Genovese

         
 
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Some plants take on an identity of their own, they develop an almost cult like following-- they become so much more than a variety, they represent a cultural or culinary tradition. Genovese Basil is the quintessential Italian pesto basil, with a flavor that is slightly sweet and peppery and most perfectly suited for grinding up into aromatic and nutritious basil pesto. Genovese basil was first bred in the Northwest coast of Italy, specifically the port town of Genoa, also known as the gateway to the Italian Riviera, and stretching throughout the Liguria region, where still today greenhouses dot the landscape, each filled to the brim with the traditional Genovese Basil variety. Basil pesto in this region is very serious business, special regional olive oil and pine nuts must be sourced and of course one must only use the Genovese variety Basil (the very best being grown in the sub region of Pra) it is also recommended to hand grind pesto with a mortar and pestle the mortar made of un polished white marble and the pestle of boxwood or pear wood-- the name pesto refers to the traditional method of making the basil based sauce with a mortar and pestle. Culinary prowess aside, Genovese Basil is also incredibly easy to grow and very adaptable, making this an excellent variety for home gardeners all over the world! Try growing this cultural keynote variety in your garden to get the authentic Italian experience!
 
Basil - Genovese
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 24
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0

95.8% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Pack
Location:
West Haven, CT, United States
Date:
July 9, 2017
          5.0
 
Huge freaking basil
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Huge leaves, great taste

What are the cons? Slightly slow to take off

Review:

I live in 7a and I started the basil a little late, but still before the first frost inside. It took a little while to get going, but once we started to have 70-80 degree days things started to get crazy. This basil is insane how fast and huge it grows now. The leaves are almost the size of my toddlers head and I have more than I know what to do with. The taste is great and the pesto we made with it was great as well. Best basil I have grown.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Dolly
Location:
Cheney, WA, United States
Date:
July 6, 2017
          5.0
 
Great Plant
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Easy germination

What are the cons? none

Review:

This was my first time planting Basil inside under grow lights. I found the Basil much easier to grow than the Chives or Rosemary or Cilantro. It germinated quickly and grew very fast as well. In fact the only difficulty I had was that I had too many plants per pot. I recommend these seeds.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Will N
Location:
Dallas, TX, United States
Date:
May 31, 2017
          5.0
 
Grows easily
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Tasty, easy

What are the cons? Who dislikes basil?

Review:

I sowed these on clay soil hoping a good bit would come up. It's your pretty standard basil but it grows really well. Took a little while to come up but I'm sure if I mixed some nitrogen in it would have come up faster. Very tasty and germinates very easily. If you need basil, grow this. Just pinch the buds to keep it growing longer.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
kitsie
Location:
Lewisburg, PA, United States
Date:
September 17, 2016
          5.0
 
Late but great
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? cheap and easy

What are the cons? late to fill out

Review:

Your basic tasty basil. Directly sown in the garden, these germinated well, but took a long to time finally take off. We didn't get useable basil until late July. Now, however, the plants are growing like crazy, and they have largely been neglected. Overall, an inexpensive way to get all of the basil needed for my large batch of pesto.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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10 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Debo
Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Date:
August 10, 2016
          5.0
 
Survived after neglect
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? hardy, fast growth, forgiving

What are the cons? none

Review:

I had several plants outside in the greenhouse, losing half of them to the el nino weather this spring from fierce winds that knocked over my plastic greenhouse 6 times in 2 weeks. Unfortunately, I had neglected most of my plants when it was time to plant because of finals for school and overtime at work. My dear "neighbor" in the backhouse of the property planted my seedlings, saving their lives. Although she planted them far too close together, they lived. We've been harvesting from 3 plants all summer long. And they just keep coming back. Requires little effort and the blooms are quite fragrant. Although they've been stressed from being knocked out of their pots several times, being planted too close together, and being improperly harvested, they're still going strong in August. Plant this basil. I've not had to buy basil at all this year which is great. Saving so much money. Plus, as with most herbs, the bees and other pollinating insects love them.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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