Often described as spicy, fresh, and with a hint of licorice, Thai Basil is a popular herb found abundantly in Asian cuisine. Luckily, this versatile plant can be grown outside in an herb garden or a windowsill as part of your kitchen decor!
Thai Basil is a variety of the widely known ‘Sweet Basil’ (Omicum basilicum) and has been cultivated to have specific traits such as texture and taste. Thai Basil has a stronger and slightly more spicy flavor than Sweet Basil, which is why it’s usually seen in Thai and other South-Asian cuisines.
These herbs grow up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall and have small and narrow foliage. The stems, as well as the flowers, are reddish-purple, making it a very decorative and interesting plant to add to your home and garden.