Basil Seeds - Lettuce Leaf
- Seed Count: 100 seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 60-70 days from planting
- Plant Type: Bushy, leafy herb
- Leaf Characteristics: Large, lettuce-like, aromatic green leaves
- Ideal Growing Conditions: Full sun to partial shade, well-drained soil
- Planting Instructions: Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep, space plants 12-18 inches apart
- Culinary Uses: Versatile in cooking, ideal for pesto, salads, and garnishes
- Special Feature: Larger leaves than typical basil, strong aroma
History: Lettuce Leaf Basil, with its distinctively large leaves, has a history intertwined with culinary traditions across the globe. Originating from the warm climates of Asia, this herb has been cultivated for centuries, prized for its aromatic flavor and versatile use in various cuisines. It stands out among basil varieties for its unique leaf shape resembling that of lettuce.
Uses: Renowned for its sweet and slightly peppery flavor, Lettuce Leaf Basil is a culinary staple. Its large leaves are perfect for creating robust pesto, adding a fresh twist to salads, or as a flavorful garnish. This basil variety also lends itself well to Mediterranean dishes, infused oils, and as a fresh addition to sandwiches and wraps.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Lettuce Leaf Basil thrives in warm weather and should be planted after the danger of frost has passed. Preferring full sun to partial shade, it grows best in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Sow the seeds 1/4 inch deep, spacing plants 12-18 inches apart to allow for bushy growth. Regular watering, especially in dry periods, and occasional pruning will encourage a fuller plant and prolong the harvest period. Harvest leaves regularly to stimulate new growth and prevent the plant from flowering, as flowering can alter the flavor of the leaves.