Genovese is a sweet basil, which is a favorite in herb butters, pestos, and Italian dishes.
Purple varieties such as Red Rubin, Purple Ruffles, and Dark Opal are delicious in oils, vinegars, and jellies.
Variegated basil is a non-flowering variety with continual leaf production, and is also a favorite in pestos.
Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep directly in the garden in the spring. The soil doesn't have to be fertile but does need to be well-drained. Plant in full sun.
Basil can grow up to three feet high, and will produce an abundance of edible flowers that are as tasty as it’s leaves. The flowers will attract beneficial insects to your garden and produce seeds. Pinch some of the flowers back to keep plants bushy and productive.
Pull your plants just before the first frost.
Basil is a source of iron, calcium, Vitamin C, and contains minerals.