Prospera, which is a NEW compact downy mildew-resistant basil with a fresh look! An attractive Italian large-leaf variety for discerning markets. Beautiful dark green, glossy leaves. High-yielding for field, greenhouse, and container production. Nice Italian aroma and flavor with slightly earthy, spicy notes. Leaves are medium size (2–2 1/2″ long), flat, and pointed. In recent years, mildew has been killing the basil so this variety has an intermediate resistance to Fusarium and strong resistance to downy mildew.
It is one of the most popular basils for culinary use, particularly for its use in pesto, the traditional Genovese sauce. CSA Shareholder Frieda Probst pesto is the BEST we’ve ever had! Blend this with Purple basil for bruchetta while tomatoes are in season for an excellent snack, or if you are like us, you serve bruchetta as a meal! You can add this basil to baked goods and makes a refreshing hot or cold tea. Here is a recipe for Cherry Tomatoes stuffed with pesto that tasty and fun to make and tasty.
Days to maturity: 74
Sold as 1 plant.