Basil -Horapha Rau Que
Basil Horapha Rau Que is an unusual variety from Thailand which has an anise scent. It is used in curries and as a vegetable. It has very attractive red stems and pinky white flowers, and grows to a height of 35cm.
Basil thrives in rich, well drained soil, in a warm and sheltered position. Pick the leaves as required, which are best used fresh. Pinch out the tip of the main stem to encourage bushy growth or prevent plants from flowering.
Indoors: Sow in March to April, 0.5 cm deep, in separate pots if possible. Plant out in late May, spacing 30cm apart. Outdoors: Sow in drills, in May, with thin to 30 cm spacing. All Year round: Sow in pots on the window sill.