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BASIL VARIETIES

basils
by Deborah Wechsler
National Gardening Association – July 25, 2020 
Common basil (Ocimum basilicum) includes a number of different basils most commonly used for cooking.

Sweet basil

Your basic basil, with large leaves and white flowers. The Genovese variety (names include ‘Sweet Genovese‘ and ‘Genovese’ or ‘Genova Profumitissima‘) is particularly nice, with a very pleasing flavor preferred for pestos. I’ve also found it a vigorous, luxuriant grower, slow to bolt.

Lettuce leaf (O. b. crispum)

A short, wide plant with thick, very crinkled leaves; slow to bolt. Other varieties include ‘Mammoth‘ and ‘Napoletano‘; ‘Green Ruffles‘ is similar. The flavor is sweet, and not as strong as the other sweet basils, making it especially good for tossing into salads. The leaves can also be used to wrap fish, chicken or a rice stuffing for grilling.

Dwarf or bush basils (O. b. minimum)

These shorter varieties (‘Spicy Globe‘, ‘Piccolo Verde‘, ‘Fino Verde‘ or ‘Fine Green’) bear small, narrow leaves with a sweeter, less pungent smell than the large-leaf types. It sounds like a great nuisance to pick all those tiny leaves off, but actually the stems are quite soft and succulent, so that you can chop up the sprigs, stems and all. The delicate flavor tends to wash out in long cooking, so add the leaves at the end or use them raw.
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