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Warner River is a sustainable producer of seasonal mixed vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs, ginger, tree fruit and berries and Shiitake mushrooms. Warner River Plants is the name of the division we use for spring plant sales.

Warner River Basils this year. These basils and lots of other herbs will be available at the Weare, Contoocook, Penacook, Foundry St, Horseshoe Pond, Canterbury, Smile Bldg Farmers Mkts and at the farm stand. Visit us at Herb and Garden Day at the Audubon Center in Concord June 18, 2016 from 9am to 5pm. Place on-line orders at

Tusli (Holy Basil) Cultivars
There are 5 Tulsi (holy basil) cultivars:

Krishna Tulsi
Rama Tulsi
Amrita Tulsi
Kapoor Tulsi

Warner River has actually grown all five this year and they are currently being hardened off. Some varieties are very hard to germinate. Amrita is one , so there are fewer plants. Vana, generally very easy to germinate, we not so this year, so we have about 15 plants.

We also have African Blue Basil in 3.5” pots. African blue basil (Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum ‘Dark Opal’) is one of a few types of basil that is perennial. It is a sterile hybrid of two other breeds of basil, unable to produce seeds of its own, and is propagated by cuttings. ABB attracts MANY beneficial insects! It is a highly desirable beneficial insect attractant because it blooms profusely like an annual, but being sterile can never go to seed. It's also taller and wider than many basil cultivars. We plant them at the beginning, middle and end of each row in our high tunnels and the field.

We have an East African Basil - Mrihani - that scents more Italian than Genovese and it has very interesting ruffled and ridged leaves.

We, finally, have many Genovese and Aroma II Italian basils in 4pks and 3.5” pots.

What follows is a description of the Tulsi Holy Basils

Analysis of Tulsi cultivars

In the late summer of 2014 Horizon Herbs undertook a sampling of 5 cultivars of tulsi in order to quantify the relative concentration of two of the main active compounds that are found in the plant. They picked the herbs in early flowering stage and carefully cleaned the samples of stem, then subjected them to analysis for content of Eugenol (responsible for the characteristic "clove" scent of good Tulsi) and Rosmarinic Acid (a caffeic acid ester that is partially responsible for the antioxidant and anxiolytic activity of good Tulsi). This was a "snapshot" analysis, because good scientific method would call for repeating the test throughout the growth cycle of the plants, but HH did not have the resources to repeat the test. The eugenol content of Tulsi tends to be higher before flowering, and the rosmarinic acid content tends to be higher when the plant is in full flower to seed stage. This is why They were careful to balance the sampling so that all the types were in the same early flowering stage at sampling. Both Eugenol and Rosmarinic acid are expressed as dried wt in mg/g.

Here are the results:

Krishna Tulsi: 4.90 Eugenol, 10.47 Rosmarinic Acid
Rama Tulsi: 5.60 Eugenol, 5.15 Rosmarinic Acid
Amrita Tulsi: 0.42 Eugenol, 11.27 Rosmarinic Acid
VanaTulsi: 8.89 Eugenol, 3.51 Rosmarinic Acid
Kapoor Tulsi: 0.74 Eugenol, 5.53 Rosmarinic Acid

Discussion: The results seem to support the common opinion that "Krishna" is the strongest medicine. However, in a previous test some years ago, "Rama" came out on top. They had a particular interest in seeing the results for "Vana" because it turns out to be the highest yielding in terms of leaf weight. This test seems to support the validity of using "Vana" interchangeably with the other cultivars, which is consistent with the traditional use of "Vana" as an admixture to tulsi tea blend. They were also very interested in seeing the numbers for "Kapoor" because it is not clear where this plant originated--it is not common in India and is very common in the United States. The results seem to indicate that "kapoor" is a valid Tulsi cultivar although it may be somewhat weaker medicine than the other types.

Tulsi, Kapoor -- Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
(Kapoor Tulsi). Kapoor is the best Holy Basil for temperate gardens. Acts like an annual, and is even known to self-seed in temperate climate. Highly aromatic plant of the Ayurvedic tradition. Adaptogenic, immune enhancing, antifungal and antibacterial. Eat one fresh leaf daily, or pick the leaves and flowers and dry them and make the tea. Kapoor is easiest of all tulsi types to grow in temperate gardens and is highly aromatic. Kapoor has been grown in the US for about 30 years. It has been grown in India since ancient times. If the central leader runs right up to flower, pinch it back to encourage bushy growth.

Tulsi, Amrita -- Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
(Rama Tulsi from Amritapuri) "Amrita" is sanskrit for "immortality" and is sometimes translated as "nectar." Thus "nectar of immortality."Similar to our standard "Rama Tulsi," this cultivar has a more purple in the leaves, creating a dense bush that may be brought indoors for overwintering. Amrita has a lighter aroma (less eugenol) than many, and it tests very high for the antianxiety compound rosmarinic acid. Drinking tulsi tea in the morning is a fantastic way to help you cope with stress, whether environmental or internal, which may arise during the day.

Tulsi, Krishna -- Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
(KrishnaTulsi, Purple Tulsi, Shyam Tulsi) Krishna tulsi bears leaves that are mottled green and purple, more intensely purple as plants mature. This variety is relatively rare in India and is highly esteemed. Drinking tulsi tea in the morning is a fantastic way to help you cope with stress, whether environmental or internal, which may arise during the day.

Tulsi, Rama -- Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
(Rama tulsi, Holy Basil) Family: Mint (Lamiaceae). Much esteemed basil of warm climates. Purple stemmed. Highly aromatic plant of the Ayurvedic tradition. Horizon Herbs has tested all varieties and found this one to be highest in medicinal compounds. Adaptogenic, antifungal, antibacterial and immune enhancing. Does well in pots. If you live in the temperate north, grow as an annual or bring indoors for the winter. Plant prefers full sun, fertile soil, and regular watering.

Tulsi, Vana (Ocimum gratissimum)
(Vana Tulsi, Clove Basil, Vantulasi, Holy Basil). Perennial bush basil native to India and East Africa. Protect from frost. This is the wild form that is very high in eugenol (oil of clove). Vana tulsi is a great adaptogen from the Ayurvedic tradition. The plant is handsome and aromatic, slightly hairy, green-leaved. As a garden grown tea herb, it weighs up heavily and may be used by itself or blended with leaves of other types of tulsi.

Warner River gave up the certified organic designation. However, we are still committed to organics and we meet or exceed the organic standards. We simply cannot describe our products as "organic".

Join the Warner River Farmers Market CSA! Not your traditional CSA. Unlike a traditional CSA, Warner River does not provide a specific basket every week. Instead, you are free to shop as you wish, when you want, selecting only the items and quantities that you need. You purchase a discounted market credit and then use your credit at any market we serve for any products we offer. We debit your credit, give you a receipt and email a monthly report. There is no expiration and you may renew anytime. Warner River grows all year round and sells at 7 summer and 5 winter markets as well as a 7 day/wk farm stand at Boulder Farm in Hopkinton, NH..

Choose from spring vegetable and herb transplants, seasonal produce, Shiitake mushrooms, fresh/dried culinary and medicinal; herbs, ginger, eggs, raw honey, tree fruit, berries and value-added products like pesto, Thai peanut sauce and fruit marmalade.

Full -- Pay $450 -- Receive $500
Half -- Pay $225 -- Receive $250
Single -- Pay $113 -- Receive $125

Partial listing of our products:

Apples, peaches, plums, pears, many different Asian greens, beans of all sorts (gourmet Italian Borlotto shell and baby filet green), beets, broccoli, cabbage (green, red, round and pointed), carrots (all colors), celery, chards, collards, cucumbers, eggplants, herbs (holy and culinary basils, calendula, herbs de Provence, kitty nirvana catnip, chives, nasturtiums, oreganos, sages, stevia, thymes, tarragon, verbena) kales, leeks, onions, sweet green and mixed colored bell peppers, hot peppers (mild to scary), Shiitake mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, summer and winter squashes.

Transplant availability:

3.5-4" pots: Kitty Nirvana Catnip, rosemary, garden and lemon thyme, basil, French tarragon, mojito mint, garden, broad leafed (Berggarten) and white sages, Ashwagandha, Motherwort, Chinese herbs (Gotu Kola) Lemon grass, African blue basil, oregano, lemon verbena, marshmallow, calendula, swiss chard, Genovese basil, Roma tomatoes, curled and Italian parsley. Sweet red peppers, Hot peppers.

We also 6 and 4 packs of various tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, butternut, delicata, watermelon, cal wonder pepper and cucumber (slicers, picklers, English and oriental).

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Warner River Organics
119 Dustin Road
Webster, NH 03303

603.,.,746.,., 3018 (Farm)
603.,.,491.,., 4203 (Cell)

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Now Taking plant orders for markets and Herb and Garden day June 18th at the Audubon Center in Concord from 9-5 pm


Check the plant inventory frequently as we are adding items as we transplant.

Just added the Tulsi Holy Basil inventory 6/2

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23031 Cosmos Versailles Mix Warner River Plants 4 pk 5.00
10506 Snapdragons Rocket Mix Warner River Plants 6 pk 6.00
23032 Nasturtiums Jewel Mix Warner River Plants 3.5" Pot 5.00
25189 Salvia Purple Rain Warner River Plants 2 qt pot 15.00
17753 Ashwagandha Ashwagandha, African Ecotype Warner River Plants each 7.50
21240 Astragalus Astragalus Warner River Plants each 5.50
25188 Balm Bee Balm (Monarda) - Marshall's Delight Warner River Plants 2 qt pot 15.00
25165 Balm Moldavian Balm (Dracocephalum moldavicum) Warner River Plants each 5.50
10470 Basil African Blue Basil Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 6.00
10466 Basil Genovese Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 4.50
10467 Basil Genovese Warner River Plants 4 pk 5.00
21497 Basil Holy Basil - Tulsi - Amrita Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 6.00
21498 Basil Holy Basil - Tulsi - Kapoor Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 5.50
21394 Basil Holy Basil - Tulsi - Krishna Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 6.00
10465 Basil Holy Basil - Tulsi - Rama Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 5.50
21395 Basil Holy Basil - Tulsi - Vana Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 6.00
10469 Basil Mrihani Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 5.50
10468 Basil Thai Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 4.50
25230 Bay Bay Laurel Warner River Plants 4" pot 10.00
10563 Calendula Calendula, Resina Warner River Plants 4-pk 5.50
10511 Catnip Kitty Nirvana Catnip Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 4.00
25166 Comfrey Comfrey, True (Symphytum officinale var patens) Warner River Plants each 6.00
25149 Dang-shen Dang-shen, pilosula (Codonopsis) Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 6.00
25156 Eucalyptus Tasmanian Blue Gum Warner River Plants each 6.00
14684 Fennel Bronze Fennel Warner River Plants null 5.50
21242 Ginger - Tropical Ginger - Tropical Warner River Plants each 6.00
10508 Gotu Kola Gotu Kola Warner River Plants each 6.00
23218 Hibiscus Hibiscus sabdariffa Warner River Plants each 5.50
25099 Hibiscus Luna Mix Warner River Plants each 5.00
14756 Korean Licorice Mint Korean Licorice Mint Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 5.50
21505 Lavender French Fringed Warner River Plants 3.5" Pot 6.00
14703 Lavender French Grosso Warner River Plants 3.5" Pot 6.50
23132 Lavender Provence Warner River Plants 3.5" Pot 6.00
14683 Lemon Balm Lemon Balm Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 5.00
10867 Lemon Verbena Lemon Verbena Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 6.00
10516 Lemongrass Lemon Grass Warner River Plants each 6.50
14700 Lovage Lovage Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 5.50
10521 Marjoram Italian Marjoram Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 5.50
17305 Marjoram Zaatar Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 5.50
17754 Motherwort Motherwort Warner River Plants each 5.50
10473 Oregano Greek Oregano Warner River Plants 4" pot 5.00
10811 Parsely Italian Flat Leaf Parsley Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 3.50
10812 Parsely Karusa Parsley - Curled leaf Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 3.50
25160 Passionflower Passionflower, Official (Passiflora incarnata Warner River Plants each 6.00
10460 Rosemary Arp Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 5.50
10461 Rosemary Tuscan Blue Warner River Plants 3.5" pot 5.50
17307 Rue Rue Warner River Plants each 5.50