Basil, Golden Mountain Sweet Thai Mix (Organic)
Ocium basilicum. 60-70 days.
An essential ingredient in many Thai dishes because of its classic sweet licorice clove flavor. Green leaves, purple stems and purple flowers form on compact plants that work well in containers. Received as a variable population, some plants are stout with larger, sweeter leaves that are less aromatic, while other plants are taller with smaller leaves that are highly fragrant and strongly flavored. We are selecting Golden Mountain Sweet Thai Mix to find a balance between the two, but in the meantime are happy with the diversity, finding the larger sweeter leaves best when used fresh as a garnish, and the smaller more strongly flavored leaves more well suited for cooking. This variety originally stems from a commercial seed packet from Thailand sent to us from Sarah’s dad, who lived there for over 20 years. It took a few years of selection, but we finally succeeded in getting enough plants to mature viable seed to be able to add it to our catalog.
Sow in flats indoors 6 – 8 wks before last frost. Cover seeds with 1/4” of potting mix. Germinates best when soil temp is at least 70˚F. Germination in 7-10 days, seedlings grow slowly at first. To avoid dampening off, do not over-water seedlings. Transplant to 8” spacing in all directions. Requires full sun & high fertility.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Shell by hand, winnow or screen to clean. Some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from varieties of the same species by 1/4 mile.