Sweet basil, typically found in grocery stores, has leaves with a sweet, almost anise-like flavor, a vibrant bright green color, and a rounded shape. The delightful aroma released when you ruffle this foliage is a bonus.
Genovese basil has a slightly spicier flavor and smaller, flat, pointed leaves. Both varieties are culinary versatile. Sweet basil is popular for Caprese salads, while Genovese basil is perfect for a fresh pesto batch.