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Basil - Chinese Sweet

50-60 days • Green

A flavorful citrusy variety, tender and aromatic. Fast growing, heat tolerant. A popular Chinese variety perfect for Asian and fusion cooking. Hard to find. Photo: L. Hoffman / CC BY 2.0

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Basil - Italian Genovese

3" • 68 days • Green • 24-30" tall

Classic Italian 'Dolce Fresca' type variety. Authentic flavor and appearance; tall and relatively slow to bolt. This common strain of Genovese basil can present some variability in leaf shape and plant size. Perfect for garden production. Edible flowers: use the flowers in any recipe that calls for basil or to garnish drinks, salads, soups, pasta and desserts. Flavor is of intense basil.⁴

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Basil - Italian Sweet

2-3" • 60 days • Green • 24-30" tall

The leaves of this attractive, annual herb have a spicy flavor which makes green salads, tomato and cheese dishes, soups and omelets extra delicious. The entire plant has a very pleasing aroma and is a good companion for tomato plants.¹

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Basil - Lemon

60 days • Green

Wonderful lemon fragrance and taste, a real culinary delight. Photo: lucy and her dent / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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Basil - Thai Sweet

60 days • Green

Popular sweet spicy basil essential in Thai cuisine. Very flavorful with a nice licorice taste. Also known for it's medicinal value. Great source of calcium and vitamins.¹

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Cilantro - Slo-Bolt

50-55 days • Green • Slow bolting

This is a slow bolting selection, grown for its leaves but the seeds and flowers are also edible. When eating the flowers, use them raw as the flavor fades quickly if they are cooked. If allowed to flower, the plant attracts beneficial insects.²

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Parsley - Italian Flat

75 days • Green • 18-20" tall

Great to cook with! This variety has large, dark green leaves with great flavor, and stems that are strong and upright. Very high yielding.²

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Parsley - Moss Curled

70-80 days • Green

This versitile herb features tightly curled, crispy leaves that can be harversted all season. Both ornamental and edible. Grows in garden or container.²

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75-80 days • Green

A handsome Mediterranean herb with soft, grey-green leaves for the flower, herb, or vegetable garden. Pretty purple flowers attract hummingbirds. Use savory leaves fresh or dry to flavor a wide range of dishes.¹

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Sweet Marjoram

80-90 days • Gray and green

Marjoram is a savory kitchen garden herb that tastes best fresh from the garden. Plants are attractive mounds of gray-green, little leaves with pale flowers. Use leaves to season a wide variety of dishes.²

Catalog photo credits: UC Master Gardeners—1P. Dimas, 2P. Joki, 3D. Laner, 4T. Loftus, 5G. Myers, 6S. Wentz, 7S. Wood, 8C. Yip, 9Unknown UC Master Gardener of Alameda County.