What is the difference between ‘Nufar’ & ‘Genovese’ Basil?

One of the main questions customers ask in regards to Basil is “What is the difference between the Nufar Basil and the Genovese Basil? Genovese (left) | Nufar (right)

Genovese Basil is also known as Ocimum basilicum ‘Genovese’.  This variety is grown for its delicious flavor and aroma and used primarily in Italy for pesto. Many refer to this variety as “Sweet” or “Common” basil. Genovese basil has a shiny leaf that curls under as the plant gets bigger.  This variety will grow about 2 feet tall and should be pinched regularly to encourage a bushier plant and discourage seed heads forming. This plant will allow for a bountiful harvest that will leave you completely satisfied. The leaves have a lovely anise scent and taste sweet, yet slightly peppery. Perfect for any herb garden and indispensable in the kitchen….Genovese Basil will not disappoint!

Genovese basil is a great variety, but so is Nufar!

Nufar Basil is another type of sweet basil.   Ocimum basilicum ‘Nufar F1 Hybrid’. This variety boasts large, flavorful leaves and is resistant to fusarium wilt The flavor is very similar to that of Genovese – a slightly anise/licorice flavor, peppery, yet minty too. How can you go wrong with this type of basil! The leaves are massive and with proper pinching the plant will yield more than you will know what to do with.The height of this plant is also similar to the Genovese, about 2 feet tall. Because of its large leaves and great flavor, Nufar is also perfect for a Perfect Pesto! So the main difference between the two is more disease resistance in Nufar, but slightly different flavor.

No herb garden is complete without Basil!  Whether you choose Genovese, Nufar or one of the many other varieties of Basil available, there is nothing like this summer herb!  Known as ‘King of the herbs’ for a reason, Basil’s extraordinary taste is a must, and has been in kitchens for centuries!

Enjoy your Basil this summer!