Basil is an aromatic and versatile plant that is used in many cuisines around the world. However, there are different types of basil, all with different flavors and uses. In this article, we will look at some of the most popular basil varieties and explain why they taste best from the smartGarden.
Genovese basil is the most well-known basil variety and is widely used in Italian cooking. It has an intense and sweet aroma and a slight pepper flavor. Genovese basil is usually available at most garden centers or online and is great for growing in indoor gardens. The controlled environment of the smart garden allows for consistent watering and lighting, resulting in a more intense flavor.
Large-leaf basil has large, juicy leaves and a sweet, intense aroma. It is one of the most common basil varieties and is used in many dishes, especially Italian cuisine. Large-leaf basil is great for growing in a smart garden. You've never seen bigger basil leaves!
Cinnamon basil has a strong cinnamon aroma and is found in many Asian dishes. It has a slightly sweet note and is great for use in desserts or garnishing drinks. Cinnamon basil is a little harder to find than other basil varieties, but it can be found in specialized nurseries or online stores, and of course in the simplePlant store.
Lemon basil has a strong lemon aroma and adds a refreshing note to any dish. It is excellent for use in salads, soups or sauces. In a study with the University of Hamburg, we found that our hydroponic system in the smartGarten yields five times more lemon basil than a comparable soil system!
Lime basil has a citrusy aroma similar to lemon basil, but it is more reminiscent of limes. It's a great choice for use in drinks and cocktails or to enhance fish dishes.
Holy basil is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine and has a sweet, slightly peppery aroma. It is a great choice for use in teas or to enhance curries. Holy basil can only be found in specialized nurseries or online stores.
Why do basil varieties from smartGarden taste best?
SmartGardens provide a controlled environment for plants to grow. This means that irrigation and lighting are automatically controlled to create optimal growing conditions for plants. This results in a more intense and full-bodied flavor in the plants. Growing basil in a smartGarden is therefore a great way to ensure that you always have fresh and tasty basil on hand.