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Genovese Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
This variety is the one used for the “pesto alla genovese “. It distinguishes itself from other cultivars because of the smaller leaves, oval-convex shape, pale-green color, and delicate aroma.
It can be planted all year round, preferring spring and a protected environment in winter. It can also be grown in pots.
The Genovese Basil in Liguria has had a PDO denomination for more than 10 years.
This plant is originally from India, already known by ancient Egyptians who considered it sacred. It was also known and appreciated by the ancient Romans; it often appears in the texts of Pliny the Elder.