What is the difference between Thai and Italian basil?

Can you substitute Thai basil for Italian basil?

No problem! Some recipes call for Thai basil, a pungent variety that can be hard to find in grocery stores. To duplicate its flavor, use common “Italian” basil and add a few fresh mint sprigs to the recipe.

Can I use Thai basil in Italian cooking?

You can substitute Thai Basil for Italian basil (Sweet or Large Leaf). Keep in mind that Thai basil does have a peppery spiciness, and the flavor profile of the finished dish may be far from what you’re used to eating.

Does Thai basil taste like basil?

Thai basil differs from sweet basil for its taste. Thai basil has a milder flavor with an extra licorice aroma that suits more East Asian cuisine. Thai basil leaves are firmer and longer than Genovese basil. Thai basil presents purple flowers compared to the white of a Genovese basil.

What is Thai basil good for?

Research shows that Thai Basil is high in antioxidants, anti-cancer, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, which is why it has been used in traditional healing since centuries ago. Aside from ingesting Thai Basil, you can also bruise the leaves and inhale its aroma to relieve stress.

What is Italian basil?

Italian basil is not a real cultivar (by cultivar I mean “cultural variety”) of basil. “Italian basil” a general term for the types of basil that may be used in Italian cooking. The two types of basil cultivars that are used in Italian cooking include Sweet Basil, the most common cultivar, and Genovese Basil.

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