Inside the Spice Cabinet: Thai Basil

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With long purple stems and smaller, deeper green leaves, Thai basil packs a kick you just don’t get with sweet variety growing in your garden.

What Is Thai Basil?

Taste: Spicy
Most Popular Use: Soup, stir-fries, meat, vegetables

Native to Southeast Asia, Thai basil not only looks different from its sweeter Italian counterpart, but it also has a more robust, licorice-like, spicy flavor. The purple stem intensifies in color has the plan grows, and can spread it’s dark hue to the sturdy leaves of the plant.

How To Use Thai Basil

Thai basil is a key ingredient in Southeast Asian cuisine, and can be eaten raw or cooked. It’s regularly added to dishes such as Vietnamese pho, spring rolls, curries, soups, and sauces. It pairs well with meat, fish, and vegetables, and can also be used in drinks.

Recipes for Cooking with Thai Basil