Thai Basil

Horopa
Thai Basil on sale in a fresh market.

Thai basil (horopa) has an aroma that is very heavy with the scent of anise, much like its Italian cousin. In appearance it has dark purple stems and green leaves with purple veins. Fresh uncooked Thai basil tastes quite a bit like liquorice. Raw sprigs of basil are often served with spicy foods. They cool the mouth quite effectively when you've eaten some really hot chillies, and freshen the breath as well.

Thai basil is a critical ingredient in green curries, and its lighter character goes quite well with seafood stir-fries. If you can't find Thai basil, Italian sweet basil may be used as a last resort, in some cases. Thai basil is a variety specific to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. In English, it is sometimes referred to using its Thai name horopa.

Weight Information
1 leaves 2.5 g
1 tbsp, chopped 5.3 g
1 cup leaves, whole 6.0 g
Nutritional Information for 1 leaves
Energy 0.575
Protein 0.07875 20.000 0%
Total lipid (fat) 0.016 65.000 0%
Carbohydrate, by difference 0.06625 300.000 0%
Fiber, total dietary 0.04 25.000 0%
Calcium, Ca 4.425 1000.000 0%
Iron, Fe 0.07925 18.000 0%
Magnesium, Mg 1.6 400.000 0%
Phosphorus, P 1.4 1000.000 0%
Potassium, K 7.375 3500.000 0%
Sodium, Na 0.1 2400.000 0%
Zinc, Zn 0.02025 15.000 0%
Copper, Cu 0.009625 2.000 0%
Manganese, Mn 0.0287 2.000 1%
Selenium, Se 0.0075 70.000 0%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.45 60.000 1%
Thiamin 0.00085 1.500 0%
Riboflavin 0.0019 1.700 0%
Niacin 0.02255 20.000 0%
Pantothenic acid 0.005225 10.000 0%
Vitamin B-6 0.003875 2.000 0%
Folate, total 1.7 400.000 0%
Folate, food 1.7 400.000 0%
Carotene, beta 78.55
Vitamin A, IU 131.875 5000.000 3%
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.02
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 10.37 80.000 13%
Fatty acids, total saturated 0.001025 20.000 0%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.0022
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.009725