Native to Southeast Asia, Thai basil has been cultivated to refine its distinctive traits. It is widely used throughout the region for its liquorices-like flavour and is more stable under high temperatures than sweet basil.
The herb’s bold aniseed aroma is boosted by a touch of spice.
Similar to other strains of basil, this variety is packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin E, fibre and a number of powerful antioxidants. Thai basil also offers healing benefits thanks to its antibacterial properties.
Unsurprisingly, Thai basil is at its best when used in Thai or Vietnamese dishes, particularly those with a coconut milk base. It also tastes great as a garnish on most salads.