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Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« on: April 26, 2012, 05:31:16 PM »
I'm wondering what type of basil is best for Neapolitan-style pizzas. I usually work with the packaged basil from either Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. The leaves are very large and dark green with a matte finish, a somewhat jagged edge and "floppier" texture. On the other hand, the basil plants I have purchased usually have smaller, rounder, shinier, bright green leaves and a "firmer" texture. I seem to prefer the former type, but I am unsure as to what it is called (I believe the ones from Trader Joe's are labeled as being from Israel, FWIW) and where it can be purchased in plant or seed form (I'm sure it isn't Thai basil). Does anyone have any insight or recommendations on types of basil? Thanks!


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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2012, 05:32:13 PM »
The one that tastes best?
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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2012, 05:33:57 PM »
The one that tastes best?

Haha...and that would be...  :)

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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2012, 05:43:20 PM »
I've also seen the Israeli basil in my local stores.
It's always in a large bunch, and I wondered why or how they managed to sell so much basil for a few dollars.
Seems like in Israel, they figured out how to produce basil trees.

http://www.greenprophet.com/2012/03/israeli-technology-creates-the-basil-tree/

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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2012, 05:48:43 PM »
Haha...and that would be...  :)

I was only half joking. It doesn't matter what I think or anyone else thinks. It's going on your pies, you should like it.
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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2012, 09:37:41 AM »
Thanks for the Amazon link. I just bought a pack too.

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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2012, 05:31:48 PM »
I planted some yesterday. We'll see what happens.
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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2012, 11:43:38 AM »
Thanks for link. I can't wait to see what weird cross pollination occurs between the Neapolitan basil and my Thai basil. Should be a wild pizza making time next year.  :-D

Hmmm hoisin sauce instead of tomato, rice flour.........  >:D


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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2012, 12:05:57 PM »
I have found it best to cut hoisin sauce with a bit of tomato sauce or puree otherwise it is quite overpowering by itself, at least to my tastes.
Reply 14  :   http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,12908.0.html
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Hmmm hoisin sauce instead of tomato, rice flour.........  >:D

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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2012, 11:32:52 PM »
Thanks for link. I can't wait to see what weird cross pollination occurs between the Neapolitan basil and my Thai basil. Should be a wild pizza making time next year.


I've had sweet basil growing right next to Thai basil for 9 years now. Every year both volunteer from seed and I've never seen anything that looks like a hybrid.

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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2012, 01:05:21 PM »
Fake Texan rivalry accent " Well that there's in Houston, I am in Dallas" lol  >:D :-D ;D

Hybrids happen but not always.

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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2012, 08:58:41 PM »
I planted some yesterday. We'll see what happens.

Basil Napoletano

Here they come. Will thin to a couple plants in the next week or so.
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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2012, 02:18:32 PM »
Getting bigger.
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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2012, 04:41:09 PM »
I was buying fresh basil from the market. It would always go bad before i could use it all.
My wife planted some in little pots on the kitchen window, grows fast and tastes great. Best of all i always have fresh basil and never have to throw it away.

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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2012, 11:45:34 PM »
  I have come to realize, that the marriage of tomato and basil is a match made in heaven. I just have eaten 2 slices of pie leftover from last nite, with a basil flower bud on each slice. My basil grows like a weed here. I always pinch the flower buds off (if you let them flower, it degrades leaf production and flavor), but save them because they are as tasty as the leaves. My basil is a sweet Italian type, real name I'm not sure of. When it comes down to basil, fresh is the best.

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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2012, 09:09:42 PM »
This stuff is really incredible. Best flavor I've found yet.

CL
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Re: Best type of basil for Neapolitan-style pizzas
« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2012, 09:10:59 PM »
Yes, that is a pineapple in the foreground of the first picture.
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