Basil varieties we currently offer:
- Cinnamon Basil: Emerald green leaves on dark stems create an intoxicating aroma and intense flavor. Delicious in Thai and Vietnamese recipes as well as dried and stored.
- Greek Basil: The chia pet of the herb world, Greek Basil has adorable little leaf clusters and a great sweet basil taste. Perfect for garnishing pasta dishes or making salad dressings or sauces.
- Lemon Basil: With a strong citrus flavor and aroma, Lemon Basil makes a great pair with fish or to liven up a salad. This herb also acts as a natural mosquito and gnat repellant due to its powerful fragrance.
- Lime Basil: Like its Lemon counter-part, Lime Basil brings forward an effervescent citrus flavor and scent. Its flavor profile lends itself wonderfully to seafood recipes as well as aromatic cocktails.
- Purple Basil: These glossy, deep purple leaves are striking enough to be both edible and ornamental. Delicious in vinegars or as a garnish for your favorite meals, the deep basil flavor is well-suited to cooking. Purple Basil also produces beautiful pale purple flowers with deep purple leaves and stems—ideal for adding to bouquets.
- Sweet Basil: Classic Italian basil aroma and flavor-- these big beautiful leaves are perfect for all your pizza, pasta, and pesto desires.
- Thai Basil: Narrow, spear-like leaves produce a savory anise-clove flavor, which makes it very versatile in the culinary world. Popular in Asian cuisine, often used in vegetable stir-fries and noodle dishes, it can also be a great addition when garnishing a dessert.
- Tulsi Basil: With a considerable list of health benefits and medicinal properties, Tulsi (also called Holy Basil or Sacred Basil), is much more than just a flavorful herb. Very popular in teas and other beverages, it is also delicious in a chicken stir-fry.
How to grow basil from seed:
If planting with a Seedsheet, simply follow this how to plant tutorial or watch the video below and don't forget to register your garden so our notification system will message you!
If planting conventionally, start seeds in a cell tray or direct sow into your garden, approximately ½” deep.
Water gently daily with a fine misting nozzle to ensure the soil around the seeds remains moist. You should see sprouts in 5-10 days.
Basil germinates best when temperatures are warmer-- in the 65-80F range. You can place your Seedsheet or cell tray near a heater, or use a heat mat if necessary.
How to care for basil:
Basil is a relatively fast-growing plant, with first harvests typically occurring around 30 days after sowing, however, due to its preference for warm weather for germination, may gardeners elect to start growing basil indoors before transplanting outside. During the planting phase make sure that the soil around the seeds is consistently moist, as seeds need to be in constant contact with moisture to germinate.
Once basil sprouts, it is important to gently water around the base of each seedling so as to avoid knocking over and breaking the stems. Basil plants can grow to significant heights and widths, so it is advisable to thin a Seedsheet basil pod down to 2 plants per pod for raised beds, and 1-2 plants per pod for containers. For conventional growers, you should plant basil around 8”-12” apart in a garden bed.
How to harvest and use basil:
Basil requires a special harvesting method to ensure its continued growth and survival. If you have ever purchased a basil plant at the store before, brought it home, and harvested it by simply plucking off leaves when desired, then you are familiar with the outcome of a basil plant that grew taller and taller until it fell over and died.
For a basil plant to reach its maximal size and output, it needs to be harvested in a way which encourages horizontal growth. When you pluck off individual leaves, the plant puts its effort into growing vertically, and the stem eventually gets too tall to support its own weight and the plant collapses and dies. To harvest basil correctly, you will need to use a pair of sharp scissors and cut the main stem of the plant directly above one of the plant’s nodes. A node is a junction on the stem where two sets of leaves emerge perpendicularly out of either side of the stem. When you clip a basil plant on the stem directly above a node, you will harvest all of the plant that has grown above it, and also you will encourage 2 new shoots to grow out from the node. By continually harvesting with this method you will promote healthy horizontal growth and be able to enjoy a bountiful basil bush!
If you harvest only ⅓ of a basil plant at a time, the remaining plant will continue to photosynthesize, absorb nutrients, and new leaves and stems will grow out of the nodes. By frequently harvesting a basil plant you will promote new leaf growth, and as long as the plant still has access to nutrients and sunlight, it will continue to grow additional harvests!
With many different varieties of basil to choose from, it’s no wonder there are infinite uses for it in the kitchen! Try Greek Basil for garnishes, tossed in salads, and sauces; Lemon and Lime Basil with fish, and in cocktails; Purple Basil in pasta and as a colorful garnish; Sweet Basil in classic tomato sauce, pizza, pesto, and Caprese salads; Thai and Cinnamon Basils in stir frys, noodle dishes, and dried for storage; Tulsi Basil, also known as Sacred or Holy Basil, is a beautiful and aromatic garnish, tea, cocktail, fruit salad, or dessert addition.
A few of our favorite basil recipes:
- CHEESE, HERB, AND TOMATO DIP WITH CROSTINI
- SWEET BASIL AND VANILLA ICE CREAM
- BASIL HOT TODDY
- SWEET BASIL CREME BRULEE
- CAPRESE APPS ON A TOOTHPICK