3 foreign herbs that we can grow in Thailand
Thai herbs have always been immensely popular all across the world.
But what if we tell you that certain foreign herbs can be grown here as well?
Read ahead to learn more!
Thailand is widely known for its use of herbs. Be it the cuisine, medicines, or even massages, the Thais use a variety of herbs quite frequently. But when it comes to foreign herbs, there’s a preconceived idea that those aren’t suitable to plant here, due to the tropical climate. While this is true in most cases, there are still certain foreign herbs that can be grown in the soil of Thailand, with special care. In this article, we will talk about the top three ones among them.
The following herbs make ingredients in various dishes, and also offer a wide range of health benefits.
Sage is a perennial plant with grayish-green leaves
Botanically termed Salvia officinalis, sage is an easy-to-grow herb that comes in several varieties. The leaves are used to prepare various dishes, mostly soups. On the other hand, it helps enhance oral health, lower blood sugar levels, reduce LDL cholesterol levels, support brain functions, and even prevent the risk of cancer. Sage should be planted in well-draining soil, with enough sun exposure, and proper moisture. You have to water the plant regularly, but make sure to not overdo it.
Italian basil is popular in several parts of the world
Italian basil is another popular herb that makes for a great ingredient in soups, pasta, salads, pizza, and sauces. It has a distinct flavor that can transform the entire taste of your regular dish, and in a good sense. Also, if consumed regularly, Italian basil may support digestion, enhance skin health, control diabetes, boost liver functions, improve mental health, and more. Moreover, it can be grown both indoors and outdoors but requires warm air, hydrated soil, as well as proper sunlight.
Russian Tarragon is known for its aromatic leaves and peppery-like flavor
Russian Tarragon is a perennial plant that requires plenty of sunlight to grow properly. It’s around 2 feet tall and should be planted in well-drained, fertile soil. Also, it has light green leaves and greenish/yellowish-white flowers. This herb is mostly used to add flavors to a variety of dishes such as soups, curries, etc. As per research, its regular intake helps improve sleep patterns, relieve foodborne illnesses, regulate blood sugar levels, ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis, and more.
Apart from these, the list also includes Thyme, Sorrel, Italian Parsley, Water Cress, etc.