When a sprig of Thai Basil lands on your taste buds, it's hard to sum up that flavor in one word. The herb is a mingling of sweet and spicy woven with anise and mint. But there's always something else, deeper in the flavor profile, that lends this basil its magic. It’s not surprising, then, that over the centuries basil has been associated with legends and deities. We are grateful that it is still with us today, like ancient Thai scrolls come to life, imparting its mythical flavor to our favorite stir fries and curries.
Though they are the same species, Thai basil and Italian basil have many differences. Thai basil is a more concentrated, spicy flavor, with smaller leaves on sturdy purple stems and a much more compact habit. The plants are highly ornamental, with deep purple flower buds that open in lavender. Widely adapted to a range growing conditions, it grows well in containers, too.
About Hudson Valley Seed. Co, Accord, New York:
We are a values-driven seed company that practices and celebrates responsible seed production and stewardship. We are best known for our beautiful artist-design seed packs (Art Packs) that appeal to gardeners, gift buyers, and lovers of art and nature. Our Art Packs, most fundamentally, tell stories. We challenge our artists to convey in a manner that is fully their own, the history and meaning of the seed variety contained in each pack. These stories were once integral to traditional societies-stories of seeds were often origin stories for entire communities and peoples, and the lore and beliefs that accumulated around seed varieties reflected the nearly familial way in which gardeners and farmers regarded their crops. Our society is, by and large, no longer connected to plants this way. But we like to think our Art Packs help to stitch our fragmented world back together: useful seeds, evocative art, both equally valuable to our experience of being human.