Thai Basil

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 licorice. Raw sprigs of basil are often served with spicy foods. They cool the mouth quite effectively when you've eaten some really hot chilies, and freshen the breath as well.

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