I recently visited Ismir, Turkey and saw a Basil plant I found to be very interesting. The leaves are 1/4 -1/2 inch, a mini version of sweet Basil. At first I thought it was a young sweet basil plant. However, I then saw numerous full grown plants, about two feet tall with the very small leaves. What type of basil is this, and is it useful in cooking or purely ornamental? I found a list of various types of basil in an article at:
However, it is difficult to find the basil I’m describing without descriptions.
Mediterranean basil is easily available and I have successfully grown it many times; however, my enquiry is twofold regarding ‘Holy basil’. I first came across this herb whilst in Thailand. It is has an unusual flavour that cannot be replicated. Like so many Thai ingredients, it is readily available there as it grows in the wild under many different conditions–wet/dry/hot/humid. The closest I have come to trying anything similar was a ‘lemon flavour’ variety of basil, which unfortunately did not germinate. I was very disappointed; however, before I try this variety again, is it possible to locate and purchase the seed of the Holy basil plant here in the UK?
Have new Basil (still in store pots) that have been on my patio for about two weeks here in Memphis, TN. When I started to plant in larger pot today, I noticed many leaves partially eaten. What might I do to rid the pest and still eat the Basil in the future?
My basil plant leaves are curling. What am I doing wrong? I bought two nice looking plants and we have frequently been using the leaves. Pinching the stem off with leaves, just above other leaves. I don’t keep them saturated, but moist soil. The plants are in a good sunlight location.