Genovese Basil
Genovese BasilPacket: ~200 seeds (0.5 gram) More info1089 available
Genovese Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an heirloom variety developed in Italy that‰۪s the go-to for making pesto. Round, lush leaves on proud, tall plants. Once established the plants can survive multiple cuttings throughout the season. In warmer climates, start seedlings early in the greenhouse and transplant as soon as frost danger has cleared at rather close spacing (2-4 inches). Plants will grow slower in the cooler spring whether, but will have enough foliage to harvests by May. Thin the plants back to more ideal spacing for summer growth and enjoy your first harvests before summer has even begun. Photo credits: Putneypics, sakura, Nicole Bratt. Licensed via Creative Commons
Holy Basil / Tulsi Seed Collection
Holy Basil / Tulsi Seed CollectionThree Packet Collection: Krishna, Rama and Vana Tulsi More info1691 available
Take one packet each of our three tulsi varieties: Rama (Ocimum tenuiflorum), Vana (Ocimum gratissimum), and Krishna (Ocimum sanctum) at value pricing.
Sweet Green Basil
Sweet Green BasilPacket (1 gram, ~400 seeds) More info5 available
Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a classic workhorse basil, at home in a productive backyard garden or organic farm. This summer at Mano Farm, 1/2 a bed (~75 sq. ft. ) planted with Sweet Basil effortlessly provided large bunches for our 25 member CSA every week for more than three months! Delicious and succulent, this is a great basil for making pesto. 75 days. åÊAnnual
Sweet Thai Basil
Sweet Thai BasilPacket: ~200 seeds (0.5 gram) More info137 available
Sweet Thai basil (Ocimum basilicum) offers a unique anise/licorice and clove-like mint flavor and aroma, so valued in Thai and Asian cuisine. This easy to grow variety is compact (to 24" tall) and very productive and beautiful. . . an excellent choice for container gardening. Thai basil can be harvested and eaten fresh in salads or stir-fries, or dried for use in roasts and stews. Pinch the purple flowering tops to encourage continuous production. Alternately, allow to flower to bring the pollinators ‰ÛÒ basil is an excellent bee forage! 70 days. Annual.
Tulsi / Holy Basil: Krishna
Tulsi / Holy Basil: KrishnaPacket: ~200 seeds (0.15 gram) More info1992 available
Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), or Holy Basil is a highly-valued, potent medicinal plant, sacred to Hindus and practitioners of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicine tradition. It has been used medicinally and spiritually in India for thousands of years, for which it has no equal. Ayurveda classifies tulsi as an adaptogen, helping the body to cope with stressors of all forms: emotional, physical, and environmental. It is known to bring relief from the flu and the common cold, gently cleansing the respiratory tract and settling the stomach. Additionally, Ayurveda considers tulsi to promote longevity, and overall health and peace of mind and body. Spiritually, Tulsi is though to offer divine protection ‰ÛÒ the plant an incarnation of the goddess, Tulsi in Hindu mythology. Many Indian families grow Tulsi inside or outside their homes for protection from misery, fear, poverty and disease. Krishna, or Purple Tulsi, is a relatively rare variety, with beautiful red and green mottled leaves. Krishna is known to have a stronger taste and smell, and is likely more medicinally potent than the other two varieties, Rama and Vana Tulsi. Krisha Tulsi seeds can take up to two weeks to germinate, so be patient and consistent with watering. Press the tiny seeds into the surface of good-quality potting soil, and keep moist throughout the germination period. Seeds can be sown indoors in late winter to get a jump on spring. When the soil has warmed in spring, plant tulsi seedlings in a space with plenty of sun. Tulsi is not too picky about soil, but definitely appreciates a bit of fertility and moderate water. Harvest tulsi leaves at any time once established and growing with vigor and health. ‰۬ 85 days from seed to leaf harvest. Annual.
Tulsi / Holy Basil: Rama
Tulsi / Holy Basil: RamaPacket: ~200 seeds (0.15 gram) More info4424 available
Rama Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is the most well known variety used in Indian Ayurvedic herbalism, where it‰۪s known as ‰ÛÏtulsi,‰۝ and has a myriad of health-promoting qualities on the body such as stress relief. Rama Holy Basil also has been traditionally used in Thai cuisine. Stout plants produce highly aromatic leaves with an earthy basil scent, with undertones of licorice and clove. The fastest of the three varieties we offer in our catalog. 80 days from seed for leaf harvests. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Tulsi / Holy Basil: Vana
Tulsi / Holy Basil: VanaPacket: 0.15 gram, ~200 seeds More info1691 available
Vana Holy Basil (Ocimum gratissimum), also known as African or Clove Basil, is indigenous to Africa but has a strong tradition of use in Indian Ayurvedic herbalism, where‰۪s it‰۪s known as ‰ÛÏtulsi‰۝ or ‰ÛÏtulasi. ‰۝ This is most striking of the three tulsi types we‰۪ve grown. Plants make mildly fuzzy emerald green foliage that has an aroma reminiscent of cinnamon and licorice. Takes longer to get established than either Rama or Krishna Holy Basil, but also has a more prolonged leaf production period. Use fresh or dry as an uplifting, stress relieving tea during the colder months of the year. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. 90 days from seed for leaf harvests. Annual.