Basil Dilemma

danstahMay 7, 2013

I planted genovese basil from seed a couple of months and I harvested it a few times to make pesto. I remember it being really really good. Then all of a sudden I made it and it started tasting of licorice. I was wondering if this was a normal thing too happen. Keep in mind I do have thai basil in another container. Is there a chance that having that nearby has influenced the flavor of this basil?

I also seem to remember this same thing happening to me when I planted last years basil.

This post was edited by danstah on Tue, May 7, 13 at 22:42

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I thought all basil tastes like licorice! What am I missing? :P

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 8:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Taste is a subjective thing. Plus, there are many different basils with slightly different flavor. I ususaly have more than one kind. This year I have Italian and thai so far.

Another thing possibly is that basill'f flavor can change by age and growing condition(amount of sun, water..)

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 8:22AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

i have Thia and sweet.
they taste very different.
(the flower tops on the Thia are an amazing taste!)

amount of water/sun and minerals all affect taste.
make sure they get nutrients, fish emulsion or a fert with micros might help

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 1:11PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Curly leaf peppermint
Does anyone know where to obtain curly leaf peppermint...
Web Loafer
In search of the wild fennel
Hello, I'm looking for seeds from foeniculum vulgare...
Unidentified Herb, Maybe Mint??
Moved into a new home over the winter. Within the...
What is attacking my basil? Whiteflies?
I have an indoor growlight which has allowed me to...
Different varieties of papalo?
I have papalo seed from 4 different vendors for a while...
Sponsored Products
Patio Living Concepts Outdoor Lighting. Catalina Black Umbrella Table Outdoor La
Home Depot
Promise Basil Brown Rug (5'2 x 7'6)
Breakfast Gift Set - N/A
$165.00 | Horchow
Summer Solstice Floral Arrangement
$399.00 | FRONTGATE
Patio Living Concepts Outdoor Lighting. San Juan 34 in. Outdoor Bisque Table Lam
Home Depot
Florence Style Loft Wool Loveseat in Dark Gray
$699.00 | LexMod
Florence Style Loft Wool Armchair in Chocolate Brown
$489.00 | LexMod
Black Stainless Steel Knife Block Set
$49.99 | zulily
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™