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Basil 'Siam Queen' (Thai Basil)


Zones: Annual
Exposure: Full Sun
Size: 24"H x 10"S
Bloom: Purple, Summer


Product Features

  • Culinary
  • Aroma
  • Container
  • Pollinator
  • Indoor
  • Siam Queen, Thai Basil Plants

    Ocimum basilicum

    This exotic 'Siam Queen' Basil plant is a beautiful bloomer and useful culinary herb! Thai basil has a distinct but subtle licorice flavor which is perfect for stir fries and soups. Just rubbing one of this basil's small, delicate leaves between your fingers releases a wonderful anise aroma!

    The purple blooms of this lovely culinary herb are very ornamental and do not effect the flavor as much as that of the Italian basils. These blooming spires are wonderful additions to arrangements or grown alongside your flowers for texture and aroma. The light musky scent has hints of mint and cloves. Plant in full sun. Grows 18-22" tall.

    Basils are also fantastic natural pest repellents and companion plants. Their oils have the power to ward off house flies, mosquitoes and more, while encouraging surrounding crops. Read Briscoe's Tips for more information on this wonderfully dynamic herb!


  • Ocimum basilicum (Thai Basil)

    Characteristics: Thai Basil is slightly sweeter in flavor, with leaves more stable when cooked than the Mediterranean basil. In general the leaves of Thai Basil are more long and narrow while the Mediterranean version is more rounded.
    Light: Thai Basil needs a lot of light, but will benefit from a little shade during the hottest part of the day.
    Water: Water basil when it is dry to the touch, without over-watering.
    Soil: Thai Basil likes rich, well-drained soil and will grow best in soil enhanced with well-composted manure.

    Uses: Thai Basil is used as a condiment in Thai and Vietnamese dishes. A plate of raw Thai basil is often served as an accompaniment to pho (to which it can be added by the customer). Thai basil is also a frequently used ingredient in Thai red curry. Thai Basil is also an important ingredient in the very popular Taiwanese dish, Three Cup Chicken.

    Extras: Also know as Sweet Basil or Asian Basil and the Thai name is bai horapa.

    Basil is also a potent natural pest repellent and beneficial companion plant!

    Basil is a wonderful plant to plant near your kitchen windows or doorways, not just for its use in your favorite dishes, but because this culinary herb has terrific natural pest repellent properties! Said to effectively keep house flies and mosquitoes away, planting Basil near entryways to your home, rubbing it on your skin and clothing, and planting it around your yard and patio will help reduce the amount of unwanted summer pests. Planting it in your garden will also keep destructive pests like Thrips, white flies, and aphids away from neighboring plants. Basil blooms are also very attractive to butterflies and other useful pollinators.

    Basil is said to increase the health and flavor of many vegetables like asparagus, bell peppers, cabbage and especially tomato plants when companion planted together. For best results, do not plant Sage or Rue near your Basil, as this is said to inhibit the plant's growth and flavor. Instead, grow Chamomile near your Basil plants to encourage its success.



  • We came across this recipe in the summer edition of Heirloom Herb! It is a great use of Thai Basil, and very easy to make:

    Vegetarian Basil Eggplant

    1 - 2 chili peppers
    2 Eggplants, long variety (cut into pieces)
    1 TLB Soy Sauce
    2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
    1 TLB sugar
    1 Bunch of Thai Basil leaves (approximately 1/2 cup)
    1 TLB olive oil

    Heat a pan or wok over medium heat, and add oil, peppers and garlic. Stir constantly until the garlic turns a bit brown. Add the eggplant and keep stirring. Add 1 cup of water, cover the pan and keep cooking until the eggplant turns translucent (5-8 minutes). Cook until all the water is absorbed, and add soy sauce and sugar. Cook a bit longer, add the basil and quickly stir to heat the herb but you want it to retain its color. Remove from heat, and serve over rice!

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