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Old March 11, 2013   #46
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I've never had basil I didn't like! Neighbors like anything I've grown in the past too! That said, this year I'm growing Genovese and Large Leaf Organic. Planted seeds today (indoors), 11 March 2013.

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Old March 11, 2013   #47
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I also am partial to Cinnamon Basil and this year I am growing Mammoth Basil in addition.
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Old March 11, 2013   #48
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I've got seeds for Thai and Genovese which, come to think of it, I need to get germinating. But last year I got a seedling from the nursery of a variety called "Pesto Perpetual." It has pale, variegated leaves trimmed with white, which makes them look paler still. I'd never heard of the variety before, and I loved it.

Despite its name, it was my favorite variety for eating fresh in salads. It was very aromatic, but didn't have much of that floral scent that fresh basil can sometimes have. Its flavor was also quite mild, which is why I liked it for eating fresh. It grew huge and never flowered. I feel like I'm writing an ad for it. Anyway, I'm hoping the nursery will carry it again this year. . .
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Old April 7, 2013   #49
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chocolate mint? does it really taste like chocolate and mint or is it a brown mint?
Yes, it really does taste chocolatey. Very good in chocolate chip cookies or brownies. I use about 1/2 cup chopped finely.
Always makes me think of people making pot brownies, adding herb to my brownies.
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Old April 7, 2013   #50
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I just seeded (into mini-blocks) Napoletano Basil, Clove-scented Basil, Cinnamon/Mexican Basil, Sweet Basil, Genovese Basil, Dwarf Basil Blend, Thai Basil, Lemon Basil, and Lime Basil. I have grown the last six before, and love them all, of course for different purposes.
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Old June 6, 2013   #51
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I've had great luck direct seeding basil using spun poly row covers with no support to trap heat and assure germination. There is a little more hand weeding than with transplants but I can reliably get dense hedges of different types of basils this way.
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Tough call with so many varieties of Basil available...I usually grow 6-7 types of Basil every year. But this season I think my favorite Basil has to be Purple Petra Basil, as it serves a dual purpose throughout my garden, one being a mild sweet tasting basil and the other being a reliable ornamental color contrast against the green foliage everywhere.

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Old August 1, 2013   #53
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I've heard that the flavored basil types loose their distinctive flavors over time and revert back to normal tasting basil. I've never had a plant last more than a few months, so I have not had this problem. But, I am going to try to keep a plant all year long in my greenhouse.

Does anyone know why this happens or better yet how to prevent it from happening? Thank you
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Old August 1, 2013   #54
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greek columnar, lettuce leaf and boxwood
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Old August 1, 2013   #55
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I like Lettuce Leaf basil for pesto and chopping and Greek basil for salads and garnishes because I like to use the whole leaves. I tried Lemon Basil this summer and it was indeed very lemony. Unfortunately not very basily though.
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Old August 1, 2013   #56
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I've heard that the flavored basil types loose their distinctive flavors over time and revert back to normal tasting basil. I've never had a plant last more than a few months, so I have not had this problem. But, I am going to try to keep a plant all year long in my greenhouse.

Does anyone know why this happens or better yet how to prevent it from happening? Thank you
i have had an African blue basil plant live for 6 or 7 years without this occurring.
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Old August 1, 2013   #57
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That sounds like a beautiful plant, I'm going to have to google a picture of that one
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Sweet basil and large leaf Italian and they taste very much the same to me. Just larger leaves.

BUT I did try blue spice basil this year and I may end up liking it somewhere. Just haven't figured out the recipe for it yet. To me it tastes like an extra strong blend of basil and mint. Even looks like a mint.
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Old August 1, 2013   #59
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Scott that basil sounds so good. I want to find out what kind of basil this Vietnamese woman is growing and using in her restaurant. I go there frequently and I love whatever basil she is using.
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Their is 2 types of Thai Basil and many others from Southeast Asia, very easy to grow if you can find seeds we love them
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