Thai Basil

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Organic Thai Basil Seeds

Ocimum basilicum
Irreplaceable, anise-inflected flavor found in Thai stir-fries. Try in rice rolls or on veggies.
Art Pack, 250 seeds
Product ID# , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC
$3.95

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Quick Facts
Days to Germination 5-14 days
Days to Maturity 65 days
Planting Depth 1/4 inch
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Height at Maturity 12 inches
Width at Maturity 12 inches
Detailed Product Info

A distinctive basil we love in curries, stir-fries, and more. Though they are the same species, Thai basil and Italian basil have many differences. Thai basil is a more concentrated, spicy flavor, with smaller leaves on sturdy purple stems and a much more compact habit. The plants are highly ornamental, with deep purple flower buds that open in lavender. Widely adapted to a range growing conditions. Grows well in containers too.

Growing Instructions

Direct sow after frost, or start indoors up to 1 month before last frost date. To have fresh basil the whole season, start in succession at one-month intervals. Pinch off tallest growth in order to keep basil from flowering; flavor becomes too strong once in bloom. Good for garden or container plantings.

About the Art and Artist
Artwork by Skowmon Hastanan: www.skowmon.com About the Artist: Skowmon Hastanan born in Thailand, lives and works in NYC since 1973, received her BFA from School of Visual Arts. Hastanan exhibited her works at various venues including Penn Museum in Philadelphia, Bronx Art Space, The Bronx Museum, Longwood Art Gallery, Wave Hill, The Drawing Center, Artist-s Space, New Museum, The Krause Gallery, Jamaica Center, and The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center For Feminist Art at Brooklyn Museum, Aljira, NJ, Mills Gallery, Boston, The Women-s Building, SF, Davis Museum, MA, and Real Art Ways, CT. She is a recipient of commissions from MTA Arts for Transit, Asian Arts Initiative-s with funding by The Pew Charitable Trusts and Pennsylvania Humanities Council, NYC Percent for Art; fellowships including Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Italy, Urban Artist Initiative, The Lambent Fellowships, BRIO/ Bronx Council on the Arts, and BRIC. Her work has been written about in Art In America and The New York Times, in publications by NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute, Bronx Museum/Fordham University Press, and San Francisco State University and in collections of Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Italy, and Davis Museum, MA. About the Art: Suspended between layers of glass, the elements of this 5" deep layered work reflect the deep flavor and history of Thai Basil. Artist Skowmon Hastanan chose to use traditional Thai Kinnaree- a type of mythical being- to interact with this myth-worthy herb.