Thai basil has smaller leaves than standard sweet basil. The stems and flowers are deep purple, like Cinnamon basil, unlike those of standard Sweet Basil, which are green.
A stronger-flavored basil than sweet basil, Thai Basil also has a hint of licorice flavor.
Having dark leaves (they’re darker than their Italian counterpart) and purple stems, they’re rich in Vitamin A and antioxidants. Of course, they also give fibers which are good for proper digestion. With a lot of fast food on the loose today, tummy problems like reflux are common. So keep Thai basil handy around. You just never know when you need it. This is just in summary. If you want a full list, here’s the kind of nutrition you get from this antibacterial herb:
Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, potassium, magnesium, calcium, selenium, zinc iron, niacin, lycopene, thiamin, riboflavin, beta carotene, plenty of flavanoids (both vicenin and orientin for cell health) , and folate, among others. See its potent health benefits? Powerful! Try it in Italian Pesto and get bonus benefits from olive oil and pine nuts. And through the Olive get anti-aging benefits.
In passing, here are some healing benefits: a nerve tonic, memory empowerment, phlegm removal and catarrhal matters from the bronchial tube, the seeds are mucilaginous, good for perspiration stimulation (skin and inner cleansing), fever or cold or flu, cough, headaches, sore throat, eye irritation and disorders, respiratory problems, kidney stone, heart problems, blood cholesterol reduction, reduces stress, mouth infections, teeth problems, skin problems, insect stings, and kids’ ailments.
The leaves and stems make pretty garnishes.
They are added by the handful to Thai cusine and also dishes of Southeast Asia.
WHENEVER, you are lucky enough to get a handful of this basil, find an Asian recipe in which to showcase it!