If you enjoy sweet basil, you may be interested in learning how to grow sweet basil Thai. There are so many varieties of basil that many people overlook this.
It’s really easy to grow and you can have some of it every day of week if you want to enjoy it. The best secret to growing sweet basil is that it enjoys afternoon shade. If you keep this in mind you’re sure to have a very successful crop.
One of the best things about growing basil is that you can grow it in containers or any corner in your yard or garden that gets afternoon shade.
The benefit to growing it in containers is that you can readily bring it indoors when the weather changes or begins to cool at night.
Sweet basil imparts a sweet yet spicy flavor to the foods that it’s added to. It lends itself well to eggs, meats, and other foods that it’s added to.
to harvest your sweet basil, begin pinching off the larger leaves after the plant has reached six to eight inches in height. Leaves can be dried or used fresh.
Store dried leaves in a jar or container to avoid moisture which could rot your spices. You can use the dried herb just like you would the fresh herb only use a bit less.
For the best flavors to your cooking, you will want to add the sweet basil to the foods you’re preparing during the last five to ten minutes of cooking time. Stir in gently and allow to simmer for a few minutes and serve.
Many gardeners choose to grow sweet basil in their kitchen window sill so that they will always have plenty of fresh basil at the ready. Since it comes in a variety of flavors many plant several flavors of basil in one container and note which flavor is which.
It’s a delicious way to spice up any meal and it’s easy to get started from cuttings or seeds. Just gently place seeds in dirt and mist until they sprout. Sprinkle a bit of dirt over the top and allow them to begin growing.
Take cuttings and place in a glass of water and allow to sprout. After the cuttings have roots growing well gently place them in the soil and you’re on your way to a delicious herb for all of your meals.
Basil also makes a great pesto. Mash up the leaves in a mortar and pestle and add some pine nuts to them for a delicious taste treat with noodles, spaghetti or as a spread on toast or crackers.
Sweet basil is a delicious herb that lends itself well to a variety of foods. No kitchen should be without sweet basil.
If planting in the garden be sure to harvest your sweet basil Thai before the cold winter hits as it won’t be there after winter. This annual will have to be replanted out of doors, however if it’s in a container it may last for a few years if it’s properly cared for.