Basil is one of the most popular culinary herbs in Italian cooking. But did you know that there are several varieties available? Each Basil strain in this collection has a different flavor and a different use in cooking. We offer a wide selection from Lime Basil, Sweet Basil, Lemon Basil, Italian Large Leaf Basil, Dark Opal Basil, Holy Basil, Spicy Globe and Thai Basil as well. The plants themselves are annual herbs that usually grow to a mature height of roughly 18 to 24 inches tall. These popular herbs can be sown indoors or directly outdoors and produce edible leaves in just weeks.
Sweet Basil is the most common of the Basil family. It is used in Italian cooking and boasts a strong, pungent, and often sweet smell. The plants will grow to a mature height of roughly 36 inches tall, producing 3 inch, green leaves. Sweet Basil can be harvested in roughly 60 to 90 days.
Dark Opal Basil
Dark Opal Basil will display burgundy colored leaves, with red colored flowers. Each plant will grow anywhere from 12 to 18 inches tall. The leaves will grow to roughly 1.5 to 3 inches in length, and can be harvested in about 80 days from initial growth.
This variety of Basil is sacred to the Hindu people. Holy Basil, or "Tulsi" will produce green leaved plants that grow anywhere between 18 and 20 inches tall. The plants can range in width, spanning 8 to 12 inches wide. Often consumed in teas, Holy Basil has been proven to improve immune health overall.
Italian Large Leaf Basil
Italian Large Leaf is a delicious variety of Basil, which produces large, green leaves. The leaves are about the size of your palm, and are loaded with flavor and fragrance as well. The plants of Italian Large Leaf Basil will grow to a mature height of roughly 12 to 24 inches tall, and can spread 12 to 15 inches wide.
Lemon Basil is a delicious culinary herb, used in all sorts of dishes in the kitchen. It's lemony flavor, adds an extra something to meals, not to mention it smells great in the garden as well. The plants themselves will reach a mature height of roughly 30 inches tall, and can spread about 12 to 18 inches wide.
Lime Basil will boast a Lime like flavoring, adding a flair to fish and salads. The The plants themselves will reach a mature height of roughly 12 to 20 inches tall, and can spread about 12 to 18 inches wide. Lime Basil is an annual herb, like other Basil herbs, and it can be ready for harvesting in about 60 days.
Thai Basil is both attractive and extremely fragrant, offering a sweet, Anise-like scent. The plants themselves will reach a mature height of roughly 12 to 18 inches tall, displaying dark green to red leaves. The flowers sprout atop it's foliage, and are deep burgundy in color. Thai Basil is ready for harvesting in about 80 days.
Spicy Globe Basil
Spicy Globe is a bushy variety of Basil, which grows to a mature width, and height of only 6 to 12 inches tall. Their compact growth habit makes them perfect for window boxes, large pots & containers, or raised beds as well. The leaves of Spicy Globe are small and slender and add a flair to many culinary dishes.
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Question: Are your seeds orgnic? Or do you offer organic seeds?
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Question: Are your seeds Heirloom?
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