Introduction of Thai Basil.
Thai basil is widely cultivating in the region of southeast Asia for its essential properties. Thai basil is famous for its strong aroma and flavor. Its flavor is like dill and licorice; it also a bit spicy too. It has small, narrow leaves and deep green; stems color is purple, and pink-purple flowers. Thai basil also has three sub verities like Thai holy basil and Thai lemon basil. These varieties also have unique flavors. Horopa is another type of variety that is commonly used.
Because of its strong aroma and taste, it’s always a better choice in cooking. Its aroma keeps stable in all dishes throughout the sweet basil and holy basil. Because of the strong smell and taste, it always a better choice for cooking use. Its aroma keeps stable in all dishes than the sweet basil and holy basil. Even in high-temperature cooking, it doesn’t lose its smell and taste.
It can also consume raw with salad and topping in many dishes like soups, pasta, pizza, etc. The most important thing is that Thai basil freeze very well then sweet and holy basil, so you can store it for a long time.
9 Steps to Plant and Grow Thai Basil
- Well-drained, moist soil is good for the growth of Thai basil. Mix Sandy loam with good quality compost at the same ratio.
- Use a pot or container between 6 to 9 inches. Pour the mixture of compost and sandy loam till 1 inch from the top of the box.
- Flatten the mixture in the pot by hand. Make a space of two inches in diameter and one inch deep in the mix to drop seeds.
- Basil has a lower sprouting rate than many seeds, so drop 5 to 6 seeds in the space. Gently cover the bases with the mixture.
- Keep watering alternate days to maintain a mixture of compost and soil slightly moist. Overwatering make leaves yellowish and also drop in taste and aroma.
- If more than two seeds flourish, keep only two plants in one container, and transfer them to a different container.
- Till two to three weeks after flourishing, protect small child plants from sun heat, and wind, you can keep containers in the shade or indoor.
- Sunlight is an essential ingredient for every plant. When the Thai Basil plant gains 3 to 4 inches of height, it needs at least six hours of direct sunlight to flourish.
- To obtain the highest yield, cut each branch’s tip by hand to make the plant bushy. If you want to enjoy flowers, also allow one or two units to grow naturally.
Health Benefits of Thai Basil.
- Thai basil has excellent antioxidant properties in it. It will fight against free radicals present in our body, which can damage our tissues or cells. So it is one of the best home remedies to manage oxidative stress.
- The powerful oil present in Thai basil is excellent for our skin. It acts as a skin cleanser for oily skins and opens the clog pores by removing impurities. Application of its paste with sandalwood on the face for 30 min can prevent the formation of acne and give natural glowing skin.
- It also has excellent detoxifying properties and helps our liver to stay healthy and natural functioning. Thai basil is good for the upset tummy too. It reduces acids forms in our stomach.
- Anti-inflammatory properties in it may cure several disorders generates from inflammation. Consumption of Thai basil lowers the risk of heart diseases and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Thai basil is traditionally used to cure a cold and cough, fever, headaches, and sore throats.