Thai Basil

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Thai Basil

Asian sweet basil, Húng Quế

The tall basil variety is often used in Southeast Asian cooking. Produces purple stems, and small, light green pointed leaves. Bolts quickly and produces stalks of light purple edible flowers.

Days in the Nursery
12-14 days

Harvest Cycle
5 weeks of intermittent harvesting-- 6 weeks to full harvest

Yield Per Shelf
3-6 lbs/Harvest Cycle

Flavor Characteristics
Pungent, sweet, spicy, licorice

Thinning technique

After you've transplanted your seedlings to the growing shelf. Each pod should be thinned to 1 - 2 seedlings. To do this pull out the excess seedlings using a pair of tweezers or your fingers gently.

Harvesting technique

Find two of the largest leaves on the stem and locate the two small leaf nodes just above the larger set. Cut just above the two small nodes, about halfway down the plant. Thai basil gets very tall and bolts easily; the flowers must be regularly clipped and plucked.