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Old November 8, 2014   #1
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Default What basils should I try?

Thinking of trying new basils. I don't like the heavy clove/liquerish flavored ones. I guess I like the sweet,fruity, and citrus ones.
So, what are y'all's favs in the later catagories?
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My all time favorite basil is cinnamon basil. It has a spicy fruity basil flavor and is great in pasta and asian cuisine. It takes the place at our house of sweet basil for sure.
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If you like a traditional Genovese basil flavour but in a milder version, consider giving lettuce leaf basil a try. Big crinkly leaves, great production and a mild sweet flavour. Something a little different to try.
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I really like lemon basil. It has the lighter flavor but is also slightly citrusy.
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I like the genovese and cinnamon varieties and plan to try lemon basil in 2015.

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Blue spice basil is good. Sort of a 1/2 mint 1/2 basil taste.
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I agree with Karen on the Lettuce Leaf basil. Excellent all purpose basil with milder flavor and very productive. The plants are a little more compact than the Genovese, as well.
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Default I tried a Green Basil plant.

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Thinking of trying new basils. I don't like the heavy clove/liquerish flavored ones. I guess I like the sweet,fruity, and citrus ones.
So, what are y'all's favs in the later catagories?
I have about 10-15 basils here and there in the yard for butterfly and bees.The one that stood out and up is this wierd Green Basil that will not die,it bolts produces pods and pods of long flowers and is now about 4ft high.It has a almost mint/camphor taste that is refreshing to nibble on when outside but is not overpowering.The only basil that seems to fight off leaf miner(blotched)and white flies.It is also called Ram Tulsi and Holy Green Basil from what I gather.
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Emily is a very nice compact-growing basil. It is great for containers, or companion planting where you don't want it to get too tall.
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Greek Columnar Basil is my favorite, because it doesn't flower, grows in a tall neat shape and has a wonderful flavor & aroma. I have several rooted cuttings that I am keeping inside for the winter, and if you want some for US Priority postage I could do it. Send me a PM if you are interested.
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Greek Columnar Basil is my favorite, because it doesn't flower, grows in a tall neat shape and has a wonderful flavor & aroma. I have several rooted cuttings that I am keeping inside for the winter, and if you want some for US Priority postage I could do it. Send me a PM if you are interested.
I was able to find and purchase Greek Columnar Basil this season after reading about it on TVille. I found it at the Bonnie display at Lowes. And it does root quite easily!
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Greek Coumnar is one of my favorites too but I did not mention it because the original post mentioned not liking strong tasting basil and I do consider it pretty strong. I love it because it stands up to heat and humidity. It is producing when my other basil gives up. I have cutting rooted for next season too.
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Greek Columnar seemed like it had a fairly strong, typical basil taste to me also
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Thinking of trying new basils. I don't like the heavy clove/liquerish flavored ones. I guess I like the sweet,fruity, and citrus ones.
So, what are y'all's favs in the later catagories?
That would mean that Siam Queen is a no go, for you.
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I don't consider Greek Columner to be strong- just "robust" - delicious to me ! I guess taste is in the mouth of the beholder ?
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