Holy Basil

DAYS TO SPROUT

DAYS TO
SPROUT

5-14 days

MATURES IN

MATURES
IN

70 days

TASTE IT FOR

TASTE IT
FOR

N/A

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Care & Harvest

💡Temperature: Prefers warmer temperatures (70-75°F).

 

✂️ Pruning: Remove leaves with brown or yellow spots if they appear. Check the roots monthly and trim any that are brown or extending past the yPod. For bushier growth, regularly harvest at the stem above the growth nodes (see Harvest below). Flowers can be pruned to promote bushiness and delay bolting – they’re edible!

 

🔎 Plant Health: Root rot and Downy Mildew are common diseases best controlled by regular root checks and removing any leaves with brown spots if they appear. 

 

🌿 Harvest: Harvesting frequently helps prolong the plant’s life. Pinch off individual leaves, or use clean shears to cut stems above growth nodes. Find growth nodes just above the two largest leaves on a stem. You should see another, small set of leaves or knobs (nodes) growing between the stem and larger set of leaves. Cut the stem 1/4-1/2″ above the nodes and watch the small leaves grow large! Stems, leaves, flowers, and seeds are all edible.

Quick Facts

Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi or Sacred Basil, has been used since ancient times and is native to India. Some call Holy Basil “Queen of the Herbs” as it has been used by Hindu monks and Ayurvedic practitioners for centuries. Considered sacred to the Hindu god Vishnu, Holy Basil is used in morning prayers to ensure good health, spiritualism, and the well-being of one’s family.

Holy Basil’s oval leaves and pink blossoms are very aromatic and have a mild anise or licorice flavor with some peppery and minty undertones. Holy Basil is high in antioxidants, and its essential oils contain eugenol, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

While Holy Basil is most commonly used to make herbal teas, it is also very popular in many Thai dishes such as the famous Thai basil chicken, known as pad krapow gai.

Harvest to Plate Recipe

How To Cook Holy Basil

Winter Tulsi Tea Recipe – TIMES FOOD

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Boil the water
To begin with this simple recipe, take 2-3 cups of water and boil it nicely along with cinnamon stick.

 

Step 2: Add spices and herbs
Once done, add basil leaves along with nutmeg and 2 lemon slices. Cover the tea and allow it to brew for 3 minutes.

 

Step 3: Strain the tea
Strain the tea, add honey and stir. Garnish with lemon slices and serve hot.