|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
1990's. Available May 2018, in 4½" pots and
Basil is one of the most popular herbs, and comes in a
variety of colours, sizes, leaf types, and flavours.
Regular Basil Flavoured Varieties:
Hardiness: tender annual
Light Requirements: Sun, part sun
Where to plant: Well drained soil
- In the
Insects think it's yummy
too, so plant in containers on your deck away
from the garden to reduce insect damage.
Extremely frost sensitive.
- In the
The regular flavoured basil is
frequently paired with tomatoes, thus features
prominently in Italian cuisine, and is a
must-have for your kitchen. Sweet Basil is the
standard variety, but there are many other
cultivars that share its wonderful flavour, as
well as many exotic flavoured varieties.
Use the leaves by cutting top
down to remove blooms which promotes
Best to use fresh, or blanche and freeze.
Exotic Basil Flavoured Varieties:
- Sweet Basil
The standard variety, we use this more than
any other variety in our kitchen. 20 - 30"
tall, leaves 2 - 3" long
- Aristotle (released 2011)
Simply the best small leaved variety. Dense
and bush-like, this basil maintains a
beautiful mounded shape throughout the season,
making it the most attractive basil for your
garden. Very slow to bolt. 12 - 18" tall, leaves
Just like regular sweet basil, but more
- Red Rubin
The dark leaves (purple, not red) will provide
your dishes and garden with a pleasant
contrast to the standard green basil
varieties. Flavour is very similar to sweet
basil. When growing from seed, about 5-10% of
the plants will have green in the leaves (we
cull these plants). 12 - 18" tall, leaves
Stronger flavour than sweet
basil, making it
perfect for pesto, but maybe too strong to
pair with tomatoes, which we recommend sweet
basil. Not all Genovese type basils are
created equally. We grow Seed Saver's
Exchange's strain, use your nose and smell the
- Lime Basil
Zesty lime flavor and aroma. Delicious in
salads, salsa, and fish and chicken dishes.
Compact, mounding plants average 15" in
height. More heat tolerant than sweet basil.
- Thai Basil
Essential in Thai cuisine, the strong anise
flavours and aromas are distinct -don't
substitute for sweet basil! The plant itself
is beautiful: green leaves with purple stems,
and tall spires of white flowers. Beautiful in
the garden or containers. 15” tall, leaves 1 -
- Cardinal Basil
Cardinal has a huge head of purple flowers,
and looks fantastic. Flavour similar to Thai