SWEET BASIL & THAI BASIL: EXPLORING THEIR UNIQUE FLAVOURS
Although these two aromatic herbs may appear similar, their flavours are worlds apart.
With its delightful clove-like aroma and a subtle peppery taste, sweet basil is a cornerstone of Italian cuisine. It's the star of the show in famous Genovese basil pesto and a natural companion to all things Italian. The small edible spikey white flowers are a charming addition. Whether you're scattering basil leaves over dishes or adding them at the end of cooking, it's a surefire way to elevate the flavour.
On the other hand, fragrant Thai basil brings an anise-like fragrance and a mildly spicy kick to South-East Asian delights, including Thai, Vietnamese, and Cambodian dishes. This herb adds a vibrant twist to Asian-inspired salads, rice paper rolls, and curries, infusing them with its unique aroma and flavour.
Both these herbs thrive in the warmth of summer and aren't fond of the cold. To keep them fresh, wrap unwashed bunches in a few layers of paper towels and store them in an airtight container within the refrigerator. This ensures they're ready to enhance your dishes with their distinct flavours whenever you need them.