- Thai basil
Thai basil is a
cultivar groupof basil. It has a more assertive taste than many other sweet basils. The herb has small leaves, purple stems and a subtle licorice or mint flavor. One cultivarused in the United Statesis 'Queen of Siam'.
It should be noted that there are three types of basil commonly used in Thai cooking. This page refers to the most common one, which is known as "horapa" ( _th. โหระพา) in Thai. To avoid confusion, the other two types are
Thai holy basil(Thai:กะเพรา) [ [http://www.thaifoodandtravel.com/ingredients/basilh.html] Adventures in Thai Cooking and Travel] , and Thai lemon basil(Thai: แมงลัก), both of which are also used in Thai cooking but have quite different flavours.
Thai basil should also not be confused with
Tulasi, which is known and worshipped in India and is also often known as Holy basil. Both Thai holy basiland Tulasihave smaller, softer, slightly hairy leaves and an aroma akin to that of cloves.
Thai basil is used as a condiment in Thai and Vietnamese dishes,
phở. "Thai chicken/pork/seafood with basil leaf" is a very popular dish.
List of basil cultivars
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