Common Name: Basil Thai
Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum spp.
Description: Smallish dark green leaves packed with flavour and scented oils. Prolific purple flowers. Grows to around 50cm wide and 60cm in height.
Harvesting: Harvest frequently and remove flowers to encourage new growth. The stems of Thai basil are also flavoursome so can be used in Thai and Indonesian dishes.
Best Results: The more basil is harvested, the more it should be fertilised. Add lots of organic matter.
Uses: Use leaves in Asian salads and cooked dishes as well as sauces and herb oils. Subtle anise flavour.
Companion: Basil is one of the best herbs for repelling insects so plant several around the outdoor entertaining area. Rub leaves on skin as a mosquito repellent.