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Fresh Thai sweet basil - Thai Food Online (your authentic Thai supermarket)

Fresh Thai sweet basil

Regular price £2.99

Product Code: HB03-100g - Brand: Fresh Herbs
Postal Weight: 0.11kg

Thai Basil (Sweet)

Thai Name: Bai Holapa

Thai basil (or holapa leaf) has deep green leaves with purplish flower buds and stems. It has an aniseed flavour on top of its sweet basil scent. Add a handful of whole leaves to curries.

Three varieties of the wonderfully fragrant herb – basil – are found in tropical Asia. However the three plants are distinctly different in appearance and flavour. The closest to European or sweet basil is the variety most commonly encountered in the region, especially in Thailand and Vietnam. This basil, which is known as bai holapa in Thailand, has intensely aromatic dark green leaves and purplish flower heads. It is often eaten raw as a herb in Thailand served on a platter of fresh herbs which are added to lettuce wrappers for enclosing spring rolls, or nibbled with raw vegetables and a spicy dip. This basil is also added (often by the handful) to stir-fried chicken or beef, or to curries, particularly in Thailand.

Botanical Name: Ocimum Basilicum.

Product of Thailand

These are just some of the Thai recipes that it is used in:

Green Mango Salad Recipe

Mango Salad

Massaman Curry Recipe

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Thai Red Curry Recipe

Thai Red Curry

Thai Green Curry Recipe

Green Curry

Thai Green Curry Recipe

Panang Curry

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