What is the difference between ‘Nufar’ & ‘Genovese’ Basil?
One of the main questions I get at the Market in regards to Basil is….”What is the difference between the Nufar Basil and the Genovese Basil?
The answer is…..
Genovese Basil also known as Ocimum basilicum ‘Genovese’. This variety is grown for its delicious flavor and aroma and used prominently in Italy for Pesto!
Many refer to this variety as ‘Sweet’ or ’Common’ Basil…but it is a ’Genovese’ Basil through and through.
Genovese Basil has a shiny leaf that curls under as the plant gets bigger. This variety will grow about 2 feet tall and should be pinched and used regularly to encourage a bushier plant and discourage seeding. This plant will allow for a bountiful harvest that will leave you completely satisfied!
The leaves have a lovely anise scent and taste that is sweet, yet slightly peppery. Perfect for any herb garden and indispensable in the kitchen….Genovese Basil will not disappoint!
Genovese Basil is a great variety, but so is Nufar Basil!
Nufar Basil is a type of Sweet Basil! Ocimum basilicum ‘Nufar F1 Hybrid’
This variety boasts large flavorful leaves and is a fusarium wilt resistant variety of Sweet Basil! The flavor is very similar to that of Genovese Basil – a slightly anise/licorice flavor…peppery…yet minty too! How can you go wrong with this type of basil!
The leaves are massive and with proper pinching the plant will yield more than you will know what to do with! The height of this plant is also similar to the Genovese …about 2 feet tall. Because of its large leaves and great flavor Nufar is also perfect for a Perfect Pesto!
No herb garden is complete without Basil! Whether you choose Genovese, Nufar or one of the other 150 varieties of Basil available, there is nothing like this summer herb! Known as ‘King of the herbs’ for a reason, Basil’s extraordinary taste is a must and has been in kitchens for centuries!
Enjoy your Basil this summer and hopefully you choose a Nufar and a Genovese!!!