Thai basil is an aromatic herb that is used extensively in Southeast Asian cuisine. It is similar to sweet basil in flavor but peppery, spicy, and with an anise-like fragrance. Thai basil has a stronger flavor than sweet basil and will keep its color better under high heat or extended cooking. Thai basil leaves are green with purple stems and frequently come with flowers. The entire plant is edible.
Uses: Add Thai basil as a garnish to your salads and cooked to add a kick of aroma and contrast. Thai basil is an excellent table-side addition to soupy foods such as pho and ramen.