Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Common Name: Thai basil, horapha, hun que, anise basil and licorice basil
Description: Thai basil has green leaves, lavender flowers and purple/brown stems. It has a spicy anise/clove flavor that is sure to add a different dimension to your curries, pho, stir-fries, sauces, salad, soup and even lemonade. It accompanies chicken, pork , seafood and beef dishes.
- Thai basil’s leaves and flowers are edible.
- Thai basil is commonly found in kitchens throughout Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.
- Thai basil belongs to the same family as mint.
The following table provides the nutritional information for 2 tablespoons of raw diced basil leaves (5.3 grams) provided by the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22 (2009):
|Vitamin C||1.0 mg|