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Thai Licorice Basil (Ocimum thyrsiflora)
Thai Licorice Basil (Ocimum Thyrsiflora):
Vigorous plant of about 45 cm in height, very ornamental because of it leaves with dark stems and purple streaks, also present on the flowers.
This heirloom plant is rustic and resistant; it has a strong flavour and intense licorice aroma that gives dishes a pleasant, exotic taste.
Widely used in South-East Asian cuisine. Suitable also for pot cultivation, it is rustic and undemanding; moreover, its very long flowers will attract bees and pollinators. During the years of cultivation, we have never found hybridization with other species of basil.
Like all basil species it is advisable to allow some of the plants to bloom in order to reproduce the seeds, and to trim the others in order to increase the quality and quantity of the leaf produced for consumption.