Holy basil is an essential herb in the Thai kitchen. This Holy basil variety has pointed purple-tinged leaves. The plants have a bush growing habit and leaves have with a spicy, clove like, musky flavor and aroma. This herb is used in the popular Gai Pad Gra Pow dish and used in stir-frying and soup. Grows well in containers and has an ornamental appeal.
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 700-1100 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- Maturity: Approx. 70-90 days
- Planting season: Late spring/early summer
For quantities greater than 500 lbs, or for special requests such as seed treatment, ask us for a price quote on this variety.
Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in late spring/early summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. Or start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost date (or 8 weeks before expected transplanting date). Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Plants grow well in warm temperatures and can sustain damage if temperatures drop below 50°F. Harvest older leaves and pinch back flower buds for continuous leaf production.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: This herb can be eaten fresh, dried, made into tea or used as a supplement. Used in many Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Indian cuisine dishes. The spicy aromatic leaves are a nice garnish with Asian noodle dishes.