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Basil Sweet Ararat

Ocimum basilicum ararat

Photo: Basil Sweet Ararat

General description

'Ararat' basil has a strong sweet flavor with a hint of licorice. It is perfect in salads, pestos and tomato dishes. Bushy plant with ovate, glossy, bright green and purple leaves often with a toothed edge to 2" long. Flowers grown on spikes should be removed as they take too much energy away from the plant. Used for cooking, especially Italian and Thai dishes. Seeds may be sown in early spring or transplants set out after last frost. Full sun and regular waterings a must for full, healthy crop.

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20 - 40 cm