Spicy Globe Basil

Spicy Globe Basil and Greek Mini Basil might have small leaves, but they are big on style and flavor. These are both bush basil varieties, so-called because they grow in mounds of small leaves resembling a bush more than an herb plant. You may also hear Greek Mini Basil called Yevani.

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greek mini basil Bush Basil can be found in both green and purple varieties. In both types, the leaves are shiny, slightly curled and very small...only about one-quarter inch in length. The plant will produce white flowers, sometimes with a pinkish-purple tint, in July and August.

Spicy Globe Basil generally only grows 6 to 10 inches tall and wide. Its compact size makes it an excellent choice for container gardening. It is also an attractive border plant in an herb, vegetable or flower gardens.

The leaves may be small, but they do not lack flavor. Its strong flavor seems to have a hint of anise. In cooking, the leaves can be used the same as any other basil variety, but since they are so small you have the option to leave them whole. Sprinkling some whole, fresh, tiny basil leaves on top of a salad or pasta dish will make a very impressive presentation and add a punch of spicy flavor.

Like all basil varieties, Bush Basil is sensitive to cold and should be brought indoors during the cold winter months, if possible. In the spring, wait until well after the last frost to plant outdoors.

You can begin harvesting the leaves as soon as the plant reaches at least 6 inches in height. Harvest continually throughout the season to keep the plant bushy and constantly forming new leaves. Always harvest before the plant flowers if you want to increase leaf production. If you are using your basil as an ornamental planting, you can allow it to flower, but the leaves will lose flavor if you do.

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