thai basil
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This is a tropical variety of sweet basil and is recognizable by its purple stems and flower spikes and distinct aniseed perfume.

It figures prominently in Thai curries and seafood stir-fries and is added to Vietnamese salads and soups, particularly pho.

English: Asian basil, sweet basil
Chinese: hsiang tsai
Bahasa: selaseh
Thai: horapa
Vietnamese: rau quê

Alternative Names: Asian Basil

Health Benefits

100g of Basil yields the following:

  • Calories – 27
  • Total Carbs – 1% of DV
  • Protein – 2.54g
  • Dietary Fibre – 16% of DV
  • Vitamin A –106 % of DV
  • Vitamin C – 30% of DV
  • Calcium – 15% of DV
  • Iron – 18% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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