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Ocimum tenuiflorum  syn Ocimum sanctum L.

Native thyme~Sacred Basil~Holy Basil

Family: Lamiaceae alt Labiatae

General notes:

This should really be called Native basil as its taste is much more of basil than thyme. If this herb has a drawback it is that the taste is not that different to conventional basil, thus losing some uniqueness.

Edible portion:

Leaf

Harvest period:

Year round. Flowers in summer

Yrs to maturity:

1-2

Form:  

Short shrub

Natural Distribution/Growing conditions:

Hot, arid inland regions - Qld, NSW, SA, NT and WA

Climatic/microclimatic conditions:

Low rainfall regions.

Management reference:

Leaf herb - most especially Mediterranean herbs.

Traditional Aboriginal Use:

Unknown

Density:

5000/ha

Yield at maturity

1.2 kg/plant

Harvesting:

Hand. Mechanisation as per other leaf herbs

Supplied as:

Fresh, dried, dried and ground

Typical value adding:

As for thyme or basil

Current purchasing price:

$[55]

Perceived demand:

Phelps (*) has quoted 100-300 kg pa demand in short term.

Perceived demand:

Growing

 

(*) This was in the late 1990's.    

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