The Tastiest Italian Basil. Period.
What do you call the most amazing basil you’ve ever seen? Amazel, of course. This is truly a game-changing plant—it is the first Italian sweet basil that is resistant to downy mildew, a disease that often plagues basil. And since it’s sterile, this large, vigorous plant produces a higher yield of usable, deliciously aromatic leaves. The more you harvest, the better it grows. It’s time to make the switch from your old basil to Amazel. You’ll never look back!
Basil is notorious for being quite susceptible to downy mildew. Amazel, however, has excellent resistance to Downy Mildew, which will keep plants growing and producing for home gardeners throughout the entire season. This is an amazing improvement in basil.
Unlike typical basil, Amazel is seed sterile and therefore continues to produce leaves and shoots even after flower initiation unlike other basil varieties that focus most or all of their energy into seed production. For best flavor and leaf production, harvest and or pinch regularly to promote fresh tender growth. If heavy flowering happens late in the season that will likely affect taste, but when it is actively growing new leaves and shoots it will have its best flavor. A small amount of flowering should not affect taste at all.
Amazel Basil is best grown in the landscape, although a large container can work as well. Once picked, you can add it lavishly to rice dishes, poultry, fish, potatoes and vegetables, dressings or marinades. Check out some cool ways to use this basil in the recipes section below!
Lemony Basil Pesto
Yields About 2 Cups
1/2 pine nuts or walnuts
3 garlic cloves
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of half a lemon
4 cups fresh basil (de-stemmed)
3/4 cup grated parmesan
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Place nuts, garlic, and lemon zest in a food processor. Process until finely choped.
2. Add basil, lemon juice and parmesan and with the processor running add olive oil until incorporated.
3. Add salt and pepper to taste and process a bit more until incorporated. Enjoy!
Yields About 8 Servings
4 cups ripe strawberries
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 cup basil leaves
6 cups water
2 cups crushed ice
1/3 cup agave
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Garnish with slices of strawberries or basil leaves and enjoy!
Yields About 1 Cup
1 cup fresh basil (de-stemmed)
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
A pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!