Thai basil is an aromatic herb in the mint family that is used extensively in Southeast Asian cuisine. It is similar to sweet basil in aroma but with a peppery, anise-like scent. It 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 flowers. The entire plant is edible raw or cooked.
Uses: Add Thai basil as a garnish to your salads and cooked dishes to add a burst of aroma and contrast. Thai basil is an excellent table-side addition to soupy foods such as pho and ramen.