Is sweet basil and Thai basil the same?
Thai basil is a type of basil that originates in Southeast Asia. It’s got a stronger flavor than that of it’s sweet basil cousin with more of an anise flavor. You can usually find Thai basil at a well-stocked grocery store or your local International or Asian market or grocery store.
What is Thai basil called?
Thai Basil (Queenette / Siam Queen / Anise Varieties), Asian Sweet Basil, Purple Basil.
Can I use normal basil instead of Thai basil?
No Thai Basil? No problem! Some recipes call for Thai basil, a pungent variety that can be hard to find in grocery stores. To duplicate its flavor, use common “Italian” basil and add a few fresh mint sprigs to the recipe.
Should you let Thai basil flower?
Check your basil plants frequently for flowers, and if you see any, pinch them off right away. If the flower stems are too woody to pinch (often the case with Thai basil), cut them off with shears. A plant allowed to flower will soon go to seed, stop growing, and die, so be vigilant about removing flowers.
How do I use Thai basil?
Thai basil stands up to cooking a little better than sweet basil, making it a good choice for soups, stir-fries, and curries. It can also be eaten raw sprinkled over salads or cold noodles dishes, and used interchangeably with sweet basils in most recipes.
How do I use dried Thai basil?
Dehydrated Thai basil can be crumbled up and used in meals like the fresh variety. It’s easier to dehydrate the entire basil stem, then pull off all the leaves when it’s dry. The main stem is completely inedible and will be the last thing to dry, if the stem is the dry, everything else is dry.
Can I use Thai basil in pasta?
You can do the same recipes as basil, either mixing the two (they go very well together IMO) or using just Thai. The result will not be the same, as of course Thai has a different flavor, but interesting nonetheless.
Can you put Thai basil on pizza?
Shape the pizza dough and brush with Thai Basil pesto (or your choice of pesto), then sprinkle on chicken pieces, tomato, roasted red pepper slices, cheese, and black garlic powder. Bake until crust is crispy and golden-brown (~25 minutes), then drizzle on the balsamic glaze and let bake for another ~5 minutes.