Basil

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Basil Culture
[A/70oF/D/7-14/tp,ds,ALF/sun/18-30"]
Grows best in well-drained rich soil. Sensitive to frost. Direct sow after all danger of frost, or start indoors 4 weeks before last frost. Lightly cover seed (no more than two times the depth of the seed).
Medicinal: Basil has been used as a carminative. Research indicates that it may inhibit gastric acid secretion.
Spacing: In flats space seeds ½” apart. Thin to 2” apart and transplant in 3-4 weeks. Direct sow 3-4 seeds every 12”. Thin to one plant when plants have 4 leaves.
Germination: 5-14 days at 70-75o F. Harvest starts about 10 weeks after sowing. Basil is a pick-and-come-again herb which produces well when you pick a few leaves from a number of plants.

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Anise-Scented Basil 0.25g

Anise-Scented Basil 0.25g

For a different taste try this rare basil with anise fragrance and flavor. Use for salads, sauces, and herb vinegars. Pkt.(0.25 g, 141 seeds)
$2.10

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Bolloso Napoletano Basil 0.15 g

Bolloso Napoletano Basil 0.15 g

This variety comes from Naples and is highly prized for its strong flavor. Giant rumpled 6" leaves are great for pesto, though the thick leaves are harder to dry than most. Vigorous 3' plants are pest-resistant and slow to flower. Pkt
$2.50

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Cinnamon Basil 0.25g

Cinnamon Basil 0.25g

Has a spicy cinnamon fragrance. Use as a tea or potpourri. Pkt.(0.25 g, 88 seeds)
$2.25

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Dark Opal Basil 0.15g

Dark Opal Basil 0.15g

(O. basilicum var. purpureum): [Introduced by Univ. of Connecticut, about 1950.] Ornamental dark purple basil used like common basil for seasoning. May have a few green leaves. Beautiful on salads. Pkt. (0.15 g, 111 seeds)
$2.50

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Eritrean Basil 0.12g

Eritrean Basil 0.12g

(O.GRATISSIMUM) [Family heirloom from an Eritrean Exchange student] 24-30" plants with beautiful, purple-tinged green foliage, stunning in flower. It has a strongly attractive and spicy odor, and is much used in African cuisine. Pkt (0.12g, 116 seeds)
$2.50

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Holy Basil (Tulsi) 0.12g

Holy Basil (Tulsi) 0.12g

(O. sanctum): [A/55oF night, 70oF day/Dk/14/tp,ds/18 in.] Rare basil with a spicy scent of clove, lemon, and cinnamon. Grown outside holy sanctuaries in India. Traditionally used in ceremonies, in food, and for tea. The tea is said to have many health benefits. Self-sows readily. Pkt....
$2.50

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Lemon Basil 0.12 g

Lemon Basil 0.12 g

(O. citriodora): Rare basil with deep lemon fragrance. Use for fish dishes, herb vinegars, and tea.
$2.25

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Lemon Basil, Mrs. Burns 0.12g

Lemon Basil, Mrs. Burns 0.12g

(O. Citriodora) [New Mexico heirloom] Larger leaves and stronger flavor make this the preferred lemon basil variety for chefs. Pkt (0.12g)
$2.50

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Lettuce Leaf Basil 0.25g

Lettuce Leaf Basil 0.25g

(O. basilicum var. Crispum): 85 days. The most productive of the basils, this large Italian variety is excellent for pesto and basil in oil. Pkt. ( 0.28 g, 158 seeds)
$2.10

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Lime Basil 0.12g

Lime Basil 0.12g

(O. americanum) Similar to 'Lemon Basil' but with darker green leaves and a lime fragrance. Accent for soups, salads, and fish. Pkt. (0.12 g, 85 seeds)
$2.50

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Mammoth Basil 0.12g

Mammoth Basil 0.12g

Huge, wide, shiny green leaves, twice as large as other Italian basils. A few leaves make a harvest. Add it to salads or make a fine-flavored pesto. Pkt. ( 0.12 g, 101 seeds)
$2.50

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Purple Ruffles Basil 0.15g

Purple Ruffles Basil 0.15g

(O. basilicum var. purpurascens) [AAS winner.] Very attractive in salads or vinegars. Use like common basil for seasoning. Pkt. ( 0.15 g, 104 seeds)
$2.10

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Red Rubin Basil 0.12g

Red Rubin Basil 0.12g

A purple version of 'Italian Large Leaf' basil. Leaves are larger and more uniformly colored than 'Dark Opal' basil. Sweet aroma and flavor. 0.12 g
$2.10

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Spicy Bush Basil 0.15g

Spicy Bush Basil 0.15g

(O. basilicum var. minimum): [Height 10 in.] Very aromatic miniature (8 to 12 in.) bush basil. One of the prettiest basils with small shiny leaves on highly branched stems. Pkt. (0.15 g, 127 seeds)
$2.10

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Sweet Genovese Basil 0.45g

Sweet Genovese Basil 0.45g

85 days. A select strain of large-leaf basil. Use fresh or dried for flavoring sauces, soups, dressings, and pesto. Medicinal: Basil has been used as a carminative. Research indicates that it may inhibit gastric acid secretion. Pkt. (0.45 g, 254 seeds)
$2.25

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Sweet Genovese Basil 7g

Sweet Genovese Basil 7g

85 days. A select strain of large-leaf basil. Use fresh or dried for flavoring sauces, soups, dressings, and pesto. Medicinal: Basil has been used as a carminative. Research indicates that it may inhibit gastric acid secretion. Pkt. (0.45 g, 254 seeds)
$5.50

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Sweet Thai Basil 0.18g

Sweet Thai Basil 0.18g

(Ocimum basilicum) Spicy flavor reminiscent of anise and cloves goes well in curries and many other Asian dishes. Purple stems and flowers contrast attractively with the 2 in. green leaves. 12–18 in. plants. Pkt. 0.18g, 102 seeds
$2.50

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