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Where Can I get Tulsi (holy basil) in USA

MER-C 02:22, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

The first part of your question is easy. Amazon. Searching for “Tulsi” gives you the Herbal Tea, and some very dubious-looking health products. Searching for “Thai Holy Basil” will give you the more culinary preparations, and also seed packets. The Wikipedia article Tulsi does not go into depth, but it’s a good overview. We don’t give medical advice here, but it looks like most of the traditional medical uses of this plant seem to be based in ayurvedic medicine, which is not really a science-based system of medicine, but see this summary of moderately evidenced potential medical uses. ApLundell (talk) 16:48, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

  • Most Indian grocers will have tea made from it. I buy it here in Bristol (UK) quite easily. My usual brand is “Organic India” in a pale green cardboard box, and they label that as “USDA Organic”, so I presume they export to the US too.

It’s also used in Thai cookery, where the leaves will be available in bulk from a Thai or South East Asian grocers (sometimes frozen). I use these too – it’s quite a different flavour from European basil, with a strong aniseed-like taste. Although some people claim that Tulsi basil isn’t the same thing as Thai basil. Andy Dingley (talk) 17:16, 1 November 2017 (UTC) The article for Tulsi specifically says that “it is not to be confused with Thai basil, which is a variety of Ocimum basilicum.”. Our articles make it clear that they are not the same species. ApLundell (talk) 18:02, 1 November 2017 (UTC) There are two basils in Thailand, both are used for cookery, both are available in bulk in the West. One (which is not generally called “holy basil” in Thailand, although WP claims this, it’s called kaphrao) is the same species as Indian tulsi holy basil. However some people claim that it’s a different cultivar within this species. There are also a great many distinct cultivars within the O. basilicum “profane basil”, including Italian, Thai and the West African basils. Andy Dingley (talk) 21:19, 1 November 2017 (UTC) Probably more than 2. If you read the Thai basil or Ocimum tenuiflorum it mentions 3, since there is also Lemon basil. Our article suggests, with limited refs, but I’ve also seen it widely discussed elsewhere that the Ocimum tenuiflorum cultivar/s are probably the most commonly used in Thailand (including for things like basil chicken) although the Ocimum basilicum cultivar/s is what tends to be called Thai basil in the West and what tends to be used in Thai cookery there too. As you say, there is some dispute over whether the Ocimum tenuiflorum cultivars used in Thailand are actually precisely he same as those in India. I would be cautious with this since last time I looked, I found a bunch of those who believed in the sacred/holy aspects not being entirely happy that probably the same thing was widely used in Thailand for ordinary cooking. (Although as mentioned, it is used for medicinal purposes in India.) OTOH, the fact that the areas are slightly separated geographically means I wouldn’t be completely surprised if the Thai cultivars are somewhat different from the Indian ones. I can say when I was looking for what I consider proper Thai basil here in NZ, I found the best way to get Ocimum tenuiflorum cultivars was to look for Tulsi from Indian shops (or online). Nil Einne (talk) 13:44, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

Rebound Hunger After Breakfast

Why does eating breakfast (such as cold cereal, oatmeal, etc.) in the morning make me hungrier during the day than not eating breakfast?–WaltCip (talk) 18:33, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

If this is a question about you specifically, it is not appropriate here. Questions about your own diet and such should be directed to a your doctor or dietician. Sorry. ApLundell (talk) 19:07, 1 November 2017 (UTC) Ap, this is less disruptive than what Legacypac did, but it’s still sort of tiresome. I understand that you don’t agree with how the refdesks function, but they neither break your leg nor pick your pocket, so it’s unclear what advantage there is to this sort of response. The question is potentially addressable with references, not of course referring to Walt specifically, but to the more general question that can be inferred. –Trovatore (talk) 19:54, 1 November 2017 (UTC) It’s long be standard procedure to attach that sort of note to potential medical questions. (I think a template was made specifically for that purpose, but I was too lazy to dig it out.) In fact for years it was generally considered the only acceptable reason for closing a question. I don’t mean to be a wiki-cop here if convention has changed and I’m not aware. I thought I was doing what is normally done. ApLundell (talk) 21:13, 1 November 2017 (UTC) No worries. It didn’t trip my “medical” alert but different umps have different strike zones. The “medical advice” thing is always fraught; there’s never been a really good definition. I’m inclined to interpret it narrowly — if someone says “I have this symptom, what should I do?” we can’t answer that, but I don’t really think of hunger as usually what I would call a “symptom”. –Trovatore (talk) 00:02, 2 November 2017 (UTC) We might reframe the question as “Does there exist a phenomenon where humans …insert OP’s question here…” Let’s us not be so literal about the word “me” in there. (talk) 19:40, 1 November 2017 (UTC) It’s not just me.–WaltCip (talk) 19:48, 1 November 2017 (UTC) I’ve experienced that also, and I always assumed it was because those items just don’t have enough substance – they “don’t last very long”, at least for those individuals with a relatively “fast” metabolism. As compared with high-protein stuff like the astronauts’ favorite, steak and eggs. So you get hungry again around mid-morning, and hit the vending machines to tide you over until lunch, where you might have a more filling meal. ←Baseball Bugs What’s up, Doc?carrots→ 20:16, 1 November 2017 (UTC) Googling the subject “cold cereal not enough for breakfast” yields many items, of which this is one. It confirms what I had always figured. ←Baseball Bugs What’s up, Doc?carrots→ 20:19, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

  • Eating a meal high in carbohydrates can cause a sugar spike with an attendant spike in insulin level. The increased insulin can then have a paradoxical rebound effect of raising one’s hunger after the original sugar has been metabolized. Having lost 40% of my body weight by addressing sugar and insulin issues, I’d suggest you consult a nutritionist and/or an endocrinologist if this is of medical concern. μηδείς (talk) 20:28, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
    • This is especially noticeable if there’s a lot of sugar in the breakfast. One of the worst offenders is hotcakes and syrup, where you can practically “crash” mid-morning, which is why I don’t eat that kind of thing anymore – unless also eating eggs and meat (such as sausage) with it, to help mitigate the inevitable sugar-low. And I totally agree that if the OP feels he’s suffering ill health from his approach to breakfast, he should see his physician and/or another professional. There’s some general info at Blood sugar level. ←Baseball Bugs What’s up, Doc?carrots→ 20:44, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

The relevant Wikipedia article seems to be Reactive hypoglycemia. Alansplodge (talk) 11:09, 2 November 2017 (UTC) Ugh, that article should subsume sugar crash, but I am not interested in the tar baby of such mechanics. μηδείς (talk) 19:10, 2 November 2017 (UTC) I’ve added the appropriate tags. Feel free to contribute to the discussion at Talk:Reactive hypoglycemia#Merger proposal. Tevildo (talk) 07:26, 4 November 2017 (UTC)

Homegrown Basil

In my Kitchen Garden this year 3 different kinds of Basil are growing. All the varieties of Basils are a fragrant herbs and they belong to the same family Lamiaceae, like mint. Basil is a summer plant and it likes heat. You can plant them in sunny area. Here are pictures and an introduction of the three basil growing in our garden.

  1. Tulsi, also known as holy basil or Indian Basil. The Indian Tulsi, holy basil is considered as thousands of year old herb. It is an Ayurvedic herb and has medicinal importance. For thousands of years it’s been used in India to cure many diseases. Indian Basil has small leaves and it is pungent in taste. Here is a picture of Indian tulsi.

Homegrown Indian Tulsi, Holy Basil

  1. Sweet Basil, also known Italian basil. It is a fragrant herb used extensively for Italian cooking. Italian basil has much bigger leaves then tulsi or Thai basil.

Homegrown Italian Basil

  1. And third one is Thai Basil. Thai basil is closer to Indian basil in looks and apperance but it is very different in taste.

Homegrown Thai Basil

How to Grow Basil

Basil can be easily grown at home. You can start by the basil seeds or can plant a baby plant directly. Basil seeds as well as plants can be easily found in most of the nurseries in spring season. One can plant basil in the ground or it can also be planted in the pots. Basil is a summer plant and it cannot tolerate even a light frost. So if you live in a cold place harvest basil before the cold weather approaches or move your basil inside before the frost.

Homegrown Italian Basil

We had planted 1 Itlian basil plant in the ground and 2 plants in the pot this year. The one which was planted in the ground grew way faster than the pot one beacuse in the ground the roots have more room to spread. The basil can be plucked from top as it regrows very fast. We have plucked the basil leaves many times in this season from top and it kept growing. It grew so fast that I have already frozen two small bags of italian basil. I still have a lots of Basil. This time I thought rather than freezing I will dry some basil leaves.

How to Freeze Basil

  1. Remove the thick stem and wash the basil leaves thoroughly. Leave the leaves on the sieve to drain the water. When extra water is drained spread the leaves on a clean towel.
  2. Wipe the basil leaves with a clean cloth.
  3. Take a zoplock bag. Write down the date and herbs name . Now keep the pat dry leaves in the ziplock bag. Remove the extra air from the bag and zip lock it. Store it in the freezer.
  4. I forgot to take the picture of bazil bags. Following pic shows mint ready to freeze.

How to Sun dry Basil at Home

  1. Remove the thick stem and wash the basil leaves thoroughly. Leave the leaves on the sieve to drain the water. On a clean cloth or paper spread the leaves to remove any water drops it may have.
  2. Wipe the basil leaves aga with a clean cloth and spread it on the kitchen towel.
  3. Let it dry in the shade. If weather is warm it takes a day to dry the leaves.
  4. Store dried basil leaves in the airtight container. You can store the whole leaves or you can crush the leaves.

How to Dry Basil in the Microwave

  1. Remove the thick stem and wash the basil leaves thoroughly. Leave the leaves on the sieve to drain the water. On a clean cloth or paper spread the leaves to remove any water drops it may have.

After removing the thick stems of Italian basil

  1. Once the extra water is removed you can dry basil in the microwave. In order to dry basil in the microwave make sure that there in no moister on top of leaves. if there is any moister in the leaves then instead of drying they will get cooked.
  2. To dry leaves in the microwave- take a microwave safe plate. Put a kitchen paper on top of the plate. Now spread a layer of leaves. Cover it with other kitchen paper. Put it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Remove the plate from microwave. Remove the top kitchen paper and let the steam go.
  4. Cover basil leaves with kitchen oaper and put it back for 30 seconds.

After dryng Italian basil in the microwave for 90 seconds

  1. Check the leaves. If needed repeat the process. It takes about 2 minutes to dry the leaves.
  2. Store dried basil leaves in the airtight container. You can store the whole leaves or you can crush the leaves.

dried and crushed Italian basil

  1. Use dried basil leaves as needed. Baisl is used a lot in Italian delicacies. Here are some recipes where you can use basil leaves.

Some Tips and Suggestions-

You can dry other herbs by using this method. I dry almost all the herbs I grow in my kitchen garden. In Indian herbs, I mostly grow Coriander, mint, mustard greens, methi, tulsi etc. I also grow Italian Basil, thai basil, oregano, rosemary etc.

Some Italian Delicacies

  • My kitchen graden is in full swing. There are plenty of peppers, herbs, greens, and specially tomatoes….I am trying my best to either use these veggies and herbs or distribute them to friends . I try my best to make different dishes from same veggies so family is not bored….

  • There are many varieties of bread Sticks. While hard bread sticks are used with soup, and can also be served with salads, there is another variety which is cheesy. My kids love cheesy bread sticks. You can also follow this base recipe for garlic bread by adding fresh garlic or garlic powder…..

  • My brother loves salads. He has been asking me to upload some new varities of salad. So here we are on my brother’s special request – Let us make a delicious and healthy Pasta Salad. I have used semolina penne pasta, and some home grown veggies……

  • Bruschetta is an Italian appetizer made with grilled bread topped with ripe tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and seasoned with salt and black pepper. This is a basic recipe of bruschetta snack. One can make different version of…..


This year my basil did fantastic, in fact the best I’ve ever had.  I even grew it all in pots on my back deck.  So this past week I decided it was time to cut as much as I could off and start preserving them for the winter months. 

I decided to put together a few videos to help you find new ways to save that precious Italian herb!  But for this post I’m including the video for a technique I use every year and it totally works… saving my basil by freezing them in ice cube trays!  

How to Preserve Basil Using Ice Cube Trays

It’s actually very simple, and fast.  Super fast.  Here’s what you need:

  1. Fresh basil (duh)
  2. Ice cube trays  – I use cheap ones I got at the dollar store – isn’t the blue cool?
  3. Distilled or other “clean” non-tap water
  4. Plastic freezer ziplock bags

Start off by simply taking off the basil leaves.  Do not chop them, keep them whole.  Then take a good number of them, maybe 5 or 6 leaves and make sure the biggest size leaf is on the outside of the stack. 

Then just roll them up nice and tight.  Put them in the empty ice cube tray space and shove them down to make them stay down.  You might have to fold the roll in half in order to make them fit.  

Once you do that for the whole tray or however many you have, gently fill up the tray with water.  Do not use tap water since this is for consumption.  Tap water has chemicals that yes, kill bad stuff, but the chemicals themselves aren’t great for you either.  So if you can use distilled or something else, do try.  

Next place them in the freezer to freeze and when they are frozen dump them into a Ziploc freezer bag.   I use quart size bags in order to make it easy to squeeze in tight spots when the freezer is packed to the hilt.  You can do whatever you want.  Just make sure they are truly frozen so they won’t stick together in one big lump!

How to Use Basil that is Frozen

Well don’t expect to use it like fresh basil where you can snack on it!  Basil cryogenics haven’t exactly been mastered yet.   

However, you can use it in a variety of ways such as:

  • Pasta sauces
  • Soups (tomato and basil comes to mind)
  • Stir fry’s
  • Risottos
  • Lasagnas
  • Anything that uses basil cooked or in liquid.  

Remember, you won’t get the same texture as truly fresh off the plant, but the flavor will still be there.  You can make a fresh tomato sauce and drop in some cubes and let it cook and simmer.   I am always amazed when I make it during the winter months how good it is, just like in the summer!

How Long Does the Basil Last in the Freezer

This is such a good question and frankly, my honest opinion is however long until it’s so freezer burnt it changes the taste.  That’s my generic rule of thumb with all things though. 🙂 

Frankly, I can tell you that I was using my frozen basil in my pasta sauce up until late spring of this year.  So assuming I froze them in August of last year, that’s about 9 to 10 months.  

If you have any tips of your own feel free to share!


We listed all questions about Basil and categorized into 4 types:
– Most Frequently: most frequently asked questions about Basil.
– Common: common asked questions about Basil.
– Rarely: rarely asked questions about Basil.
– Related: list of top questions related to Basil.
*** Please be noticed that, in some cases, we DO NOT have all of 4 types of questions.

Most Frequently Basil Questions:

1. How To Keep Basil Fresh?

2. How To Grow Basil Indoors?

3. How To Prune Basil?

4. How To Store Fresh Basil?

5. How To Make Basil Pesto?

6. How To Store Basil?

7. How To Pick Basil?

8. How To Grow Basil?

9. How To Dry Basil?

10. What Is Basil?

11. How To Plant Basil?

12. How To Freeze Basil?

13. Can You Freeze Basil?

14. How To Harvest Basil?

15. How To Preserve Basil?

16. How To Trim Basil?

Common Basil Questions:

17. Does Basil Need Full Sun?

18. When To Take Holy Basil?

19. How To Freeze Basil Leaves?

20. What Do Basil Seedlings Look Like?

21. Where Does Basil Come From?

22. What Is Dried Basil?

23. How To Make Tomato Basil Soup?

24. Is Basil A Herb?

25. How To Grow Basil From Cuttings?

26. How Much Sun Does Basil Need?

27. What Is Eating My Basil?

28. How To Make Basil Essential Oil?

29. Where Is St Basil Cathedral?

30. Is Basil Good For You?

31. How To Propagate Basil?

32. How To Use Basil?

33. How To Replant Basil?

34. Can You Eat Basil Flowers?

35. Where To Plant Basil?

36. Is Basil Safe For Cats?

37. When To Harvest Basil?

38. How To Make Basil Oil?

39. What Does Basil Look Like?

40. What Is Thai Basil?

41. What Is Basil Leaves In Hindi?

42. When To Pick Basil?

43. What Is Basil Leaf?

44. How Much Water Does Basil Need?

45. What Is Basil Seed?

46. What Do You Use Basil For?

47. What Does Basil Taste Like?

48. Where To Buy Basil Plant?

49. What To Do With Basil Flowers?

50. Can Fresh Basil Be Frozen?

51. Where To Buy Basil Pesto?

52. How Do You Harvest Basil?

53. How To Pick Basil Leaves?

54. What Is Basil Good For?

55. How To Care For Basil?

56. How To Make Basil Pesto Pasta?

57. How Much Dried Basil Equals Fresh?

58. Can You Grow Basil Indoors?

59. Can Rabbits Eat Basil?

60. How To Make Tomato And Basil Soup?

61. What Is Basil In Spanish?

62. What Is Holy Basil?

63. What Is A Sprig Of Basil?

64. Is Basil Perennial?

65. Can You Smoke Basil?

66. How To Grow Basil In A Pot?

Rarely Basil Questions:

67. When Is Basil Done Growing?

68. Where Can I Buy Basil Hayden Bourbon?

69. Do Basil And Cumin Go Together?

70. Are Basil Leaves Poisonous?

71. How Much Eugenol Is In Basil?

72. What Do Basil Leaves Do?

73. How Does Basil Meet Dorian?

74. What Is Basil Good For In Cooking?

75. Why Do Basil Leaves Curl Up?

76. How Much Basil In Tomato Sauce?

77. Will Basil Overwinter?

78. What Temperature Can Basil Survive?

79. What Is Chiffonade Basil Leaves?

80. When Was Basil Brush Born?

81. Who Does Basil Brush Voice 2016?

82. What Can I Use Basil Pesto For?

83. Where Can I Plant Basil?

84. Where Is Basil The City?

85. When To Water Basil?

86. Why Did Basil Brush Stop?

87. Is Holy Basil The Same As Basil?

88. How To Tend Basil Plants?

89. Where Was Basil Smikle Born?

90. Who Is Basil Ii?

91. How Does Basil Seed?

92. Can Basil Hurt Cats?

93. How To Freeze Basil Fresh?

94. Who Is Basil Gogos?

95. How Is Basil Grown And Harvested?

96. What Is Basil Good For Health?

97. Which Leaves To Pick From A Basil Plant?

98. How Basil Plants Grow?

99. What To Do With Cinnamon Basil?

100. What Is Basil Called In Spanish?

101. Who Makes Basil Hayden’s?

102. When Is Basil Ready To Be Harvested?

103. What To Replace Basil With?

104. Which Basil To Grow?

105. How Long Can Fresh Basil Keep?

106. How Does Basil Go To Seed?

107. When Do Basil Seeds Sprout?

108. Why Does Basil Turn Black In Water?

109. What Does Basil Look Like Growing?

110. What Can You Use Basil Pesto For?

111. Is Basil Good For Chickens?

112. Can Holy Basil Cause Heart Palpitations?

113. How Many Leaves Of Basil In A Cup?

114. Are Harvest Snaps Tomato Basil Vegan?

115. When Do I Put Basil On Pizza?

116. Why Basil Turns Yellow?

Related Questions About Basil:

117. Where Is Basil In The Grocery Store?

118. What Did Basil Brush Say?

119. What Is Attacking My Basil Plant?

120. How Much Holy Basil Can I Take?

121. Who Is Basil Hatton?

122. Why Basil Plant Is Wilting?

123. Will Basil Grow Back?

124. Can You Use Basil Stems In Pesto?

125. What To Do Lots Of Basil?

126. Where To Pinch Basil?

127. Where Did Basil Meet Dorian Gray?

128. Why Was Basil Smotherman Suspended?

129. How Long Do Basil Plants Live?

130. How Big Are Basil Leaves?

131. What Basil Is Best For Pesto?

132. Are Oregano And Basil Similar?

133. Can Basil Go Bad?

134. Why Dorian Kills Basil?

135. Who Was Basil Brush’s Partner?

136. Where To Pluck Basil?

137. Who Is Basil Hayden?

138. How Does Basil Like To Grow?

139. Is Basil Toxic To Cats?

140. How To Propagate African Basil?

141. How Much Basil Is A Bunch?

142. How Does Holy Basil Look Like?

143. Do Basil And Rosemary Go Together?

144. How Basil Is Used In Cooking?

145. How Much Basil Seeds To Eat?

146. When Was Basil Gogos Born?

147. Where Can I Buy Basil?

148. What Can Basil Be Used For In Cooking?

149. How To Make Basil Butter?

150. Does Basil Repel Mosquitoes?

151. Can Basil Pesto Go Bad?

152. Where Can I Buy Basil Plants?

153. What Pests Does Basil Repel?

154. How Can I Store Fresh Basil?

155. How Do Basil Plants Grow?

156. What Are Basil Leaves?

157. Where To Buy Genovese Basil?

158. Are Basil Plants Annuals?

159. How To Make A Basil Smash?

160. Where Can I Buy Basil Seeds In The Philippines?

161. Can Desert Tortoises Eat Basil?

162. What Does Basil Help With?

163. Which Vitamins Are In Basil?

164. Why Does Basil Turn Brown When Cut?

165. Are Basil And Coleus Related?

166. How Care For Basil Plant?

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