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Basil - Thai Holy Kaprao (75 seeds) (HB142) $2.25

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Basil - Thai Holy Kaprao

         
 
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A popular herb in Thai cuisine, The fragrant green leaves can be used in potpourri and have a spicy, sweet, clove-like flavor. A religious herb of the Hindus.

 
Basil - Thai Holy Kaprao
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 7
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

71.4% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Michelle
Location:
Berkeley, CA, United States
Date:
January 27, 2016
          5.0
 
Very pleased
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? high germination rate

What are the cons? Needs warmth and protection

Review:

Different dishes in Thailand require different types of basil, and spicy stir-fry dishes use holy basil (kaprao) which is very distinctive. We live in a cooler Northern California climate. I planted these seeds in a large patio pot. The first two times I planted the seeds they germinated and then the tiny plants disappeared when they were a few millimeters high. Perhaps it was too cold or some bug was getting them. The third time, I put one of those plant cloth blankets (that lets light in) over the pot which warmed things up and protected them. I took it off when the plants were a few inches high. Had a great harvest for several months. Seems like every seed germinated. I highly recommend and will be growing them again this year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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0 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Michelle
Location:
Berkeley, CA, United States
Date:
November 21, 2015
          5.0
 
Great germination with warmth
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? high germination rate

What are the cons? needs protection early on

Review:

As a Thai/American family we miss cooking with holy basil, but I was nervous it wouldn't grow in our mild/cool Northern California climate. I ordered the seeds and planted them in a pot. The first two times I planted them they sprouted after a few weeks but dissapeared a few days later. I am not sure if it was because of the cold, birds, or bugs. On the third try, I just put a anti-frost cloth (the kind that lets in sunlight) over the pot and kept it there until the plants were about an inch tall. By doing that, it seemed like all of the seeds sprouted and thrived. We had a great harvest of kaprao all summer until the 40 degree November temperatures killed off the plants. Maybe if I had covered them I would still be harvesting! I will definitely grow these again and order from RareSeeds.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Bar 7R Ranch
Location:
Paso Robles, CA
Date:
August 1, 2014
          5.0
 
Slow start
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Tasty and fragrant

What are the cons? Super slow to start

Review:

Holy Kaprao, this one took a long time to come up. I had almost given up. I planted 6 varieties with the Genovese blazing ahead of the rest (of course). Same water, same soil, same exposure and planted the same day. This one took two more weeks to come up! But the scent alone is worth the wait. Do NOT give up! Decent germination when direct sown. Delicious :)

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Adam
Location:
Doylestown, PA
Date:
June 7, 2013
          5.0
 
A Must for Lovers of Thai Food
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow

What are the cons? Nothing

Review:

Thai "Gaprao" Basil is fantastic and easy to grow, especially in warm climates. It will keep as a perennial if you have a greenhouse (or south-facing window) that won't freeze through the winter. I have not bought seeds from the website so I can't remark on the germination rate. But what I can say is that it's a must have for anyone who wants to try their hand at Thai cooking. Look up recipes online for Thai fried basil and chili (usually with pork but can also be with chicken or tofu). In Thai = "Pad Gapao Moo". Delicious!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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8 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Farang Khi Nok
Date:
October 17, 2012
          5.0
 
Wonderful
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros?

What are the cons?

Review:

So glad I didn't read the reviews before buying. I directed seeded into a large pot on my deck in the spring. They heavily germinated and I have had beautiful Bai Kraphao all summer. Sadly they are about done now that the days are short and the sun is low. I especially enjoyed them with beef and long green beans!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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