Basil (/ˈbæzəl/,[1] also US/ˈbzəl/;[2] Ocimum basilicum), also called great basil, is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae (mints).

Basil is native to tropical regions from central Africa to Southeast Asia.[3] It is a tender plant, and is used in cuisines worldwide. Depending on the species and cultivar, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell.


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There are many varieties of basil, as well as several related species or hybrids also called basil. The type used commonly as a flavor is typically called sweet basil (or Genovese basil), as opposed to Thai basil (O. basilicum var. thyrsiflora), lemon basil (O. × citriodorum), and holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum). While most common varieties of basil are treated as annuals, some are perennial in warm, tropical climates, including holy basil and a cultivar known as “African blue basil“.

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Cinnamon – Intensely fragrant of cinnamon, Ideal for tea and potpourri. Medium-green pointed leaves. Compact bush habit, 20-24 inches tall.

Genovese – Ocimum basilicum ‘Genovese’ is an annual native to India, Africa, and Asia. One of the most popular herbs, it is now cultivated in all temperate climates throughout the world. Of all the basils to grow, and there are about 150 varieties, Genovese basil is one of the best because it yields 7 to 8 cuttings and makes the best pesto.

Large Leaf – Large Leaf basil is a variety with extraordinary big leaves, up to 5 inches (13 cm.) long. The leaves are a brilliant green and crinkled and look much like lettuce leaves – hence the common name. Leaves are set closely on plants that reach about 18-24 inches (46-61 cm.) in height.

Lemon Basil – Intensely fragrant of lemon, Ideal for tea and potpourri. Medium-green pointed leaves. Compact bush habit, 20-24 inches tall.

Sweet Italian – Sweet Basil is also rather common, and a favorite for pesto. The flavor of these leaves is mild and sweet, and it appeals to most palates when used sparingly.

Thai – If you like the taste of anise, try this.  This variety is actually a cultivar of Sweet Basil that has been selected for a slightly spicy anise or licorice taste.

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Cinnamon, Genovese, Large Leaf, Lemon, Sweet Italian, Thai


Natural, Organic


1 lb, 1 oz, 1/4 lb, 1/4 oz, Pkt


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