Common Name: Basil Sweet
Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum
Description: Large shiny green leaves, packed with flavour and scented oils, and white whorls of flowers in summer. Most popular of all basils. Annual. 60cm.
Harvesting: Harvest frequently and remove flowers to encourage new growth. The stems of sweet basil are actually more flavoursome than the leaves so should be included in stews and casseroles.
Best Results: The more basil is harvested, the more it should be fertilised. Add lots of organic matter.
Uses: Use leaves in salads, tomato dishes, sauces, herb oils & vinegar. Perfect for pesto and pasta dishes.
Companion: Basil is one of the best herbs for repelling insects so plant several around the outdoor entertaining area. Rub leaves on skin as a mosquito repellent. Plant near tomato to improve growth.