Thai basil has been in season at the California farmer's markets for a little over a month now, and we're just loving it. We're using it in stir fries, soups, and noodles.
Thai basil has flatter leaves , a slight purple tinge, and a spicier fragrance than its sweet Italian cousin. It's a key ingredient in Southeast Asian cuisine where it is added to dishes such as Vietnamese pho, spring rolls, curries, and sauces. If you can't find it at your local market, you can find it online.
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(Image: Kathryn Hill)