Can basil be grown in lahore, these days

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Re: Can basil be grown in lahore, these days

Post by Asim_Nawaz » December 17th, 2013, 8:59 am

Basil flavor is destroyed/changed once it starts flowering... it gets a bit bitter, so remove the flower heads as soon as you see them.. plant them in shade to reduce flowering...
That's indeed a great tip of Izhar Sb. Pruning at this time is best and healthy growth of herb plant.

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Re: Can basil be grown in lahore, these days

Post by Asim_Nawaz » March 10th, 2014, 10:12 am

Spring arrives, again started new leaves on Basil
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Re: Can basil be grown in lahore, these days

Post by Asim_Nawaz » March 20th, 2014, 10:19 am

White flowers on Basil, again shows sign of "Spring Season 2014"
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Re: Can basil be grown in lahore, these days

Post by S.Ahmed » January 19th, 2015, 2:32 pm

M Farooq wrote:
munir wrote:
If I got it right:
Asim initially wrote: Niazboo is a different plant..Basil means Tulsi....
Farooq wrote: Asim Nawaz shb is right.... Tulsi is a different plant.....and our Basil is ....= Niazboo..
What is the final ? Please clarify.
Hmm...thats why we have scientific names :-)

There are two types of basil, the sweet basil used in food for aromatic purposes in Western foods. It is Ocimum basilicum or Niaz-boo. Its seed are called tukh-malanga and are used in qulfis, falooda etc. You can recall those seeds as black seeds with a white jelly like covering.

Then there is a holy basil, Ocimum sanctum, sanctum in Latin for sacred, which the Hindus consider as holy plant and is probably worshiped. It is called Tulsi in Hindi/ Urdu.

Regards,

Farooq

Sorry for digging out an old topic but are both types of basil edible or only sweet basil(Niaz-Boo)?

Is the other type,Ocimum sanctum bitter? Which type is commonly available here in Pakistan?

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