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Basil Siam Queen Seeds
Info: Basil is one of the most popular kitchen herbs, especially in Mediterranean cuisine. Particularly with tomatoes it unfolds its incomparable flavour. However, it is also an ancient medicinal plant, it acts appetizing, promotes fat digestion, soothes the nerves and can relieve migraine.
`Siam Queen` is a cultivar of Thai Basil and commonly used in the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. It is a truly outstanding variety with dark green, large leaves and burgundy flowers. It has an identifiable liquorice flavour not present in sweet basil, and its flavour is more stable under high or extended cooking temperatures than that of sweet basil.
Use Thai basil for Thai, Indian, and Italian recipes. It matches particularly well with rice, poultry, and seafood. In Thai cuisine, it is a `must` in curries.
Sowing & Cultivation: Sow in March to April for growing under glass or from end of May on outdoors. Sow 2mm deep, 5-10 seeds per 12 cm containers. Outdoors sow 50 seeds per meter with a row distance of 25 cm. Basil needs a sunny, sheltered location and a nutrient-rich soil. Water regularly, but avoid waterlogging. When the plant begin to flower, they do not form new leaves, so you should remove the florescence. In the Mediterranean countries, basil grows for several years, but overwintering on the window sill is difficult because the plants usually get too little light and are susceptible to pests and diseases.
|Botanical name||Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflorum|
|Sowing||Mar-Apr under glass, end of May outdoors|
|Location||Sunny place and fertile soil with constant moisture|
|Harvesting||June to October|
|Lifespan||perennial (cultivated annual)|