Gusto™ Basil

A stronger, zesty Greek Basil

Gusto™ Ocimum minimum ‘GB03’ PBR 

  • Stronger, zesty Greek Basil with a hint of Italian flavour
  • Larger leaves than other Greek Basil
  • More cold tolerant
  • Cutting grown for consistent, strong flavour

Common Name: Greek Basil

Description: This healthy herb has bold flavours with gusto, and a hint of spicy Italian, making it ideal for a wide range of dishes. The leaves are generally larger than other Greek Basil, so it's easier to harvest and prepare. Gusto™ Basil is a larger form, with white flowers appearing later in summer and autumn. Easier to grow than Italian Basil, for a similar but stronger taste sensation.

Cooking Uses: The bold flavours of Gusto™ Basil really open the door for creative cooking. Its hint of Italian flavour makes it great for Italian dishes, but its Greek heritage makes it great for all Mediterranean cooking. Excellent in pasta dishes, vegies, meat, chicken and bakes. Use 1/3 the suggested amount of this herb in traditional recipes, or use the full recommended amount to make it the hero of the dish.

Size: Approx. 35-45cm H x 40cm W

Planting, Growth and Tolerances: A larger leaf and form, Gusto™ Basil will look good in gardens, pots and planter boxes well into autumn, if harvested regularly for cooking. Plant 30-40cm apart in full sun to part shade in spring/summer (possibly early autumn). It requires well drained, fertile soil and is more cold tolerant than other Basil. In frost affected areas it is an annual, however it lasts further into the cold months and can be a perennial in warmer climates.

Care: Keep soil moist, avoid over watering or waterlogged conditions. In spring, use a slow release fertiliser and/or incorporate compost into the soil. Avoid over fertilising. If necessary, apply a light application of quick release as required (usually only for pots). Prune/harvest a little every few weeks for a longer-lived plant. For best leaf production, remove flower buds as they appear.

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GUSTO™ BASIL

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HEIGHTS: Heights shown on the website are for general gardening conditions. In well maintained gardens, some plants will get taller.