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Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum species

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Ocimum basilicum species


  • Annual
  • Mammoth basil is a lettuce leaf basil variety, originating from Italy.
  • It produces huge, slightly ruffled shiny, green leaves, twice as large as other Italian basils.
  • The flavor is similar, but stronger than the flavor of Genovese basil.
  • It can grow up to 46-61 cm high and 40-45 cm wide and provides a wonderful smell to the areas that it grows in.
  • Give plenty of space extra per plant, 15-20 cm so the leaves can dry out after wet spells.
  • It is a pick-and-come-again herb which produces well when heavily picked.
  • Pruning growing tips makes for bushier plants.

Culinary Uses

  • Mammoth Basil is the best type of basil for making pesto and basil salads.
  • A few leaves make a harvest.
  • It also makes a perfectly crisp lettuce for sandwiches and savory chicken wraps.

Parts Used

  • Use fresh or dried leaves.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Basil is a carminative.
  • Research indicates that it may inhibit gastric acid secretion.
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