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Holy Basil

Holy Basil

SKU:Thailand LM_788 200g

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Ocimum tenuiflorum, commonly known as holy basil or tulsi, is an aromatic perennial plant in the family Lamiaceae.[2][3] It is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Australia, Malesia, Asia, and the western Pacific.[4] It is widely cultivated throughout the Southeast Asiantropics.[4][5][6] This plant has escaped from cultivation and has naturalized in many tropical regions of the Americas.[3][7] It is an agricultural and environmental weed.

Thai cuisine

Phat kaphrao mu – Thai holy basil with pork – a common dish in Thailand

The leaves of holy basil, known as kaphrao in the Thai language (Thai: กะเพรา), are commonly used in Thai cuisine for certain stir-fries and curries such as phat kaphrao (Thai: ผัดกะเพรา) — a stir-fry of Thai holy basil with meats, seafood or, as in khao phat kraphao, with rice. Two different types of holy basil are used in Thailand, a "red" variant which tends to be more pungent, and a "white" version for seafood dishes.[16][17] Kaphrao should not be confused with horapha (Thai: โหระพา), which is normally known as Thai basil,[18] or with Thai lemon basil(maenglak; Thai: แมงลัก).

Insect repellent

For centuries, the dried leaves have been mixed with stored grains to repel insects.[19]

30g of fresh holy basil leaves contains:
  • Calories: 1.38.
  • Protein: 0.189 grams.
  • Fat: 0.038 grams.
  • Carbohydrates: 0.159 grams.
  • Fiber: 0.096 grams.
  • Sugar: 0.018 grams.
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