Love Your Basil: Spicy Globe Basil

| 6/24/2010 12:43:57 PM

R.WerstRamona Werst has a love for growing, caring for, and cooking with basil. There are over 30 different varieties of basil in her current collection, and she is adding to her collection all the time. She creates recipes to use with different basils and will teach you how to Love Your Basil! Visit her blog,, to download her free e-book, Love Your Basil.

My love for basil started by wanting to enhance my culinary skills, but once I started collecting this amazing herb and cooking with it I wanted to share with everyone how to grow, care for, and cook with basil.

It's summer! Summer always makes me think of refreshing beverages, delicious salads, cooking out on the grill, and fancy fruit desserts. I grow several basils year-round to cook with my special pasta sauce, picante sauce and fresh fruit desserts.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum 'Spicy Globe') grows as a small compact bushy basil plant. The leaves are very tiny and it takes quite a few leaves to use in my recipes. I have several 'Spicy Globe' plants and I use them not only as decorative landscape but in container pots to keep in the greenhouse year-round. They have a delicate, little white flower and they look so pretty around bird baths or in a garden around trees. We have large pecan trees that provide plenty of shade for them; my 'Spicy Globe' grows and thrives all summer long.


I have several 'Spicy Globe' plants that I don’t let flower so that I can harvest the tiny leaves and freeze them. The spicy flavor adds a unique taste to many sauces and fresh fruit desserts. I have even added 'Spicy Globe' to my Fresh Homemade Peach Cobbler!