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Growing Japanese food plants & herbs

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I have been searching for a while to find some to grow (Toronto, ON) - not much luck.

 

May have to resort to an online source....

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48 minutes ago, TicTac said:

I have been searching for a while to find some to grow (Toronto, ON) - not much luck.

 

May have to resort to an online source....

What are you after exactly - yuzu?

 

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No, Holy Basil.

 

Been cooking a lot of Pud Kra Prao at home and Italian basil while nice, just doesn't cut it!

 

Not to mention I want to try to make tea's with it as well.

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5 hours ago, TicTac said:

No, Holy Basil...Been cooking a lot of Pud Kra Prao at home and Italian basil while nice, just doesn't cut it!

 

Did you see this forum on Chowhound? It's a old link.

http://www.chowhound.com/post/thai-basils-find-358736

 

Or any other Southeast Asian food market might have it. You could even ask a Thai restaurant where they get theirs.

 

I agree that Italian basil doesn't cut it in Thai food. But you don't have to use holy basil. I think Thai basil, which is anise-y and purple, is just as good in stirfries.

 

Basil is out of season. But in the summer try contacting your local herbalists' association for a supplier. Someone may be growing it for ayurvedic reasons.

http://herbalists.on.ca/

 

This is a long shot: I notice that Amma, or Mata Amritanandamayi, visits Toronto in the summer. She was mentioned in heidih's link. When I have visited her ashram in San Ramon, Ca, during her summer tour there, I have noticed a table of tulsi/holy basil plants for sale. I don't know if tulsi plants would also be available at her Toronto venue. What can I say? It might be a source for you. Try emailing Amma's Toronto group--maybe someone local grows the herb.

http://amma.org/meeting-amma/north-america/toronto/canada

 

 

 

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Thanks dj - appreciate the time you took.

 

I contacted Richters (per Kerry's suggestion) and already heard back - they have both plants (only purple) and seeds (purple and green) available now.

 

I will probably pick up a pack of each seeds, curious as to whether they would grow indoors in the winter time....


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