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The Perfect Herb

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 11:28 PM Mindspill

At the farmers market the other day, I stumbled upon a vendor who had all types of basil. Not all that exciting, right? Well, it kinda was because she had Thai basil. I’ve only had Thai basil at Thai restaurants in some of my favorite dishes but I’ve never seen it in stores.  I had a quick sample & was all in. So of course I purchased a bunch. It smells soooo wonderful & the bouquet was visually appealing. Sunday night, we used it in a great chicken stir fry with red pepper, shallots, cashews, sweet soy, chili paste served atop of jasmine rice. Next summer, I’m mos def going to find some seeds so that I can grow it in my container herb garden. Shit, I may try to hunt down a plant next week when I head to the Detroit farmers market. There are a few herb vendors there. I may get lucky!

4 Responses to “The Perfect Herb”

  1. cheryl Says:

    that’s one of the varieties i grew last year (i grew 5 different types) and loved it.

  2. Jessica Sweeney Says:

    After living in Thailand, Thai basil is a necessity. Too bad I have a black thumb or I would definitely grow it. As it is, I have to settle for picking it up at the farmer’s market.

  3. tracey Says:

    is there a distinct difference (in taste) in regular basil and the thai basil?

    basil and cilantro are two of my favorite herbs, especially in the summertime.

  4. Tafari Says:

    Cheryl, you’re always ahead of the game. Next year, I’m no doubt going to start early with this variety.

    Jessica, at least you have access to it. I’m very happy to have found a local vendor!

    Tracey, there is a huge difference. Thai basil has a VERY bold taste and is much more aromatic than traditional basil. I don’t think I would venture to try this in a pesto per se but in a stir fry or perhaps sparingly in a fresh salad, yes!

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