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Old 05-24-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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Which type of basil to plant?

This is a very short question...What type of basil do you buy to plant? I looked at some today that was a boxwood basil and there was another that was sweet basil. I didn't know which kind to get. I have never made any pesto and really haven't used any basil except for the dry kind in the bottle. But everyone says the pesto is good...Sorry my short question ended up being a large paragraph! :-)

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Old 05-24-2012, 04:59 PM   #2
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Generally you would use the sweet basil for the pesto but you can also use the Genovese.

You can plant any of the types they sell at the garden centers. I have grown sweet, Genovese, purple, ruffled, boxwood, lemon, African blue, and Thai.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:02 PM   #3
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The Genovese is used in pesto It's fun to grow and to use Much better fresh then dried. Good luck and enjoy
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:58 PM   #5
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Basil seeds are so easy to grow too. I usually end up with way too much basil! I like sweet basil for pesto, have also used Thai and Genovese. I think any basil makes good pesto.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:01 PM   #6
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Basil seeds are so easy to grow too. I usually end up with way too much basil! I like sweet basil for pesto, have also used Thai and Genovese.
Here the Genovesse if used for pesto, guess it depends on who's selling and naming it
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:05 PM   #7
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What I was going by is that on the sweet basil it says its good for pizza and italian dishes. On the boxwood it says to use for pesto, so I didn't know if it was really that way or not. Since I only wanted 1 type just wanted to make sure I bought the right kind. I love the basil taste in soups ...
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:24 PM   #8
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Saw some cinnamon basil the other day. I didn't get any.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:27 PM   #9
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Sweet Basil and Genovese are very similar in flavor and, I believe, are the most common you see in garden centers and are the type most people think of when you say basil.

Maybe this will help you decide on the right type to plant... List of basil cultivars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:43 PM   #10
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Most years I buy sweet Italian basil; the large leaves make it easy to use, especially if you're going to chiffonade it.But I like something called lime basil to make a sort of pesto for Thai curries (the basil, peanuts and peanut oil, garlic, freeze, and you have a paste to add to coconut milk, broth, vegetables and meat of choice to make a great Thai green curry). Oh, yes, I knew I was forgetting something, some mint and some cilantro.

Both regular pesto and my "Thai" "Pesto" freeze well and give me a base for many meals through the winter.
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