Another member of the basil family, Thai Basil has an easily recognizable look, thanks, in large part, to its long green leaves and contrasting purple stems and blooms. It has a fresh, bursting flavour that smacks you in the face if you’re bold enough to try unaccompanied, and its strong scent is reminiscent of licorice.
Its regular use in Southeast Asian cuisine, most particularly in Thailand, garnered this cultivar its name. Its flavour brings pungency to curry dishes, and it is also used plain and raw, as a condiment for Vietnamese dishes. If you want to add some oomph to your meat and fish recipes, you can try Thai Basil as an alternative to Pesto Basil!