Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil, and is widely grown in India and other parts of Asia. It is considered a sacred plant there, and it renowned for its healthful and medicinal purposes. It has been recently popularized by health afficionados in western countries as a healthful tea. Organic India is company that sells tulsi tea.
The variety we grow is called Kapoor, and in our opinion has the best flavor of all the tulsi varieties we have tried.
We love the smell of the tulsi we grow, with hints of bubblegum (or something) that led us to the following miraculous recipe that changed our culinary lives!
In a blender (Vitamix) add:
- At least one giant handful of tulsi — leaves, flowers, and stems (so long as they aren’t too woody).
- Vanilla ice cream (like 3 small servings worth)
- Frozen blueberries (1 to 1.5 cups)
- Enough milk for it to blend and be a thick milkshake
This is one of the best tasting deserts I have ever eaten. (And minus the sugar, super healthy.) Its flavor is so unique, one can only describe it as such. “Imagine you never had anything with vanilla or anything with chocolate, and try to describe those flavors.”