The Italian Large Leaf Basil plant will produce medium to large leaves that can measure up to 4" long! It is of heriloom variety and is extremely fragrant and used widely in the culinary industry. If you're a lover of basil, this would be a good variety to plant in your garden.
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|0.25 inches deep||
|after last frost||
Up to 3 feet tall
|Up to 3 feet wide||1-2|
What is Italian Large Leaf Basil?
Italian Large Leaf Basil is an annual plant that will produce edible and fragrant leaves, flowers, and continue to put off a few more leaves through the process of ending it's life cycle. This basil grows well in "filtered light" (meaning near a bright window or under a tree), and it grows best in 50-90 degree weather. Warm, but not too warm.
Health Benefits of Italian Large Leaf Basil
Italian Large Leaf Basil has anti-bacterial properties and anti-inflammatory effects. It's been known to help people with inflammatory health problems like arthritis or IBS. Basil also contains properties that mimic food preservatives so it makes good sense to try and include more basil into the foods you prepare at home. Basil will help naturally preserve them so they'll be safer, longer. Basil also contains all the good stuff needed for better cardiovascular health.
Ways to Consume Large Leaf Italian Basil
Use this variety of basil in your favorite Neapolitan cuisine dishes! Use the extra large leaves, fresh or dried, in tomato dishes, pasta sauces, vegetable dishes and soups.
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