Instead, we can make countless dishes with basil and heirloom tomatoes all summer long. We certainly do here at 1840 Farm. Basil appears almost nightly in pasta dishes, tomato sauces, and even simple syrups.
Genovese Basil is the traditional variety of basil known for making pesto sauces. The leaves are large and smooth and the flavor is sweet with an undertone of spiciness.
Basil is a beneficial companion for tomato plants in the garden. By planting them together, both will benefit and thrive. Basil also can be used to fill the space below the towering tomato plants with their leafy mounds, bringing beauty to the garden.
To encourage your basil plants to be full and compact, pinch back the topmost buds. This encourages the plant to set leaves below instead of reaching ever higher. Pinching also discourages the plant from blooming which also encourages leaf growth. Select your basil harvest from the top of the plant and you will be rewarded with full, lush plants and a never ending supply of delicious leaves.
Genovese Basil is a member of The 1840 Farm Heirloom Seed Collection as part of our Heirloom Tomato Collection available for purchase in The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy. All of the varieties in our collection are accompanied by plant profiles, planting instructions, and an 1840 Farm recipe so that you can enjoy my family’s favorite preparation with your family.
The original illustrations for our collection were created by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm. They are available for purchase in the Iron Oak Farm Shop on Etsy. The heirloom, non-GMO seeds in our collection are from family owned seed purveyor Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.
We hope that you will enjoy growing these heirlooms for your family’s table as much as we do. We invite you to share updates and photos from your garden, your animals, and your harvest with other members of The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook and Flickr.