Italian Basil (Ocimum basilicum) can be easy grown from seed and preserved for later use. Ocimum basilicum is a plant in the mint family. Sweet Basil Large Leaved is a favorite of many gardeners because of the strong aroma and flavor, essential to cooking for a yummy flavor to your dish.
For drying or freezing, collect the leaves which have their maximum oil content just before blooming.
Italian Basil grows 18 to 24 inches high and 2' wide. Pruning the plants once a month, and before flowering will allow the plant to produce fresh leaves throughout the season.
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