Basil likes a well-drained, moderately fertile soil with good sun. Sweet Basil (Large Leaf Italian) or Ocimum basilicum (scientific name) also known as 'Large Leaf Italian' basil, 'Sweet Basil' is native to Europe where it has been cultivated for centuries as a fresh and dried culinary herb. Harvest the leaves from the top down, cutting back up to a third of the total plant height. Be sure to cut or pinch right above a leaf pair rather than leaving a stub. In a few weeks, your basil plants will be ready to harvest again.
Contains powerful anti-oxidants and natural anti-bacterial properties. Sprinkle it over your salads either whole or chopped.