This subshrub is known for having a multitude of beautiful green branches, as well as providing a tasty addition to many Thai dishes. And now, it’s available for you to try right here in the Burma Spice store.
Holy basil can be used for a variety of purposes ranging from religious rituals and traditional medicine to tasty, herbal teas. It’s a member of the mint family that is commonly used to alleviate stress and anxiety but can even go as far as curing a common cold and bronchitis.
As you can see, holy basil isn’t just a tasty leafy plant your mother used at dinner time, it serves a variety of purposes in the realm of health and wellness.
Holy Basil Cooking Recipes
Let’s begin with the ways holy basil can be used for cooking; after all, this is what our customers rely on it for the most.
Here are some creative recipes that will make you enjoy holy basil like never before.
- Stir Fry (Pad Kra Pao): Normally this is a dish that would only be available in Asia. But since you can purchase holy basil so easily from our store, we are bringing this recipe across the planet and to your doorstep. This recipe calls for ground pork, pepper, garlic cloves, shallots, and a fried egg (among other ingredients).
- Holy Basil Shortbread Cookies: Not what most people think of when cooking with holy basil, but definitely one of its tastiest uses by far. Just bake normal shortbread with 2 tablespoons’ worth of holy basil; then afterward, during the cooling phase, you’ll pour a nice layer of tempered chocolate over it for a fantastically savory finish.
- Rice Noodles with Holy Basil Pesto: If you’re looking for an authentic Thai-spiciness in your pasta, then holy basil is calling. Add some cooked chicken, shrimp, or even tofu, and you’ve got a tasty treat with some nice kick to it.
Holy Basil as “Queen of the Herbs”
Holy basil has been a prominent fixture throughout Asia for the past 5,000 years. Also known as Tulsi, Hindus have long revered it as a goddess-like entity with restorative powers. The plant is seen as a manifestation of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, and it’s for this reason that many Hindus refuse to utilize it in their culinary process.
In modern India, many families grow holy basil inside of an earthenware pot or home garden and use the leaves to make simple afternoon tea.
Once early trade routes spanning from Asia to Europe were established, Christians began to know holy basil as a “sacred” entity as well. Instead of calling it the “Queen of Herbs,” it was referred to as the “King of Herbs,” thought by many Christians to be a gift from God.
Where Does Burma Spice Get Holy Basil?
Burma Spice obtains this perennial plant via the tropical and subtropical regions of southern India.
It’s a land that’s cultivated ocimum tenuiflorum (holy basil) for so many centuries that we believe it’s the one and only place for us to source it.
Tulsi takes a lot longer to germinate than typical garden basils. The average length of time is 3 weeks. But when it’s done correctly, the results are fantastic.
We hope you enjoy your purchase of holy basil and we’re proud to bring it to you.