Thai Basil

 Rolla, Missouri's Thai Restaurant, which I have to admit I have yet to try.

Rolla, Missouri's Thai Restaurant, which I have to admit I have yet to try.

Thai Basil

Thai basil has intrigued me for some time. Besides the lovely purple flowers, it is one of those herbs I have yet to try in my cooking but that won't last much longer.

Thai basil is a member of the mint family. I am told it has a sweet flavor, similar to anise. Being a perennial, it's already on my must try list, any plant that keeps coming back is welcome in my garden.

 Thai basil growing outside Sawadee Thai Restaurant in Rolla, Missouri.

Thai basil growing outside Sawadee Thai Restaurant in Rolla, Missouri.

So imagine my surprise when I pulled into the Sawadee Thai Restaurant parking lot to see these black containers with fresh Thai basil growing. If there was ever any doubt fresh herbs are used in their cooking, this should confirm it. 

 Another indication of Thai basil, a pretty green leaf on young plants.

Another indication of Thai basil, a pretty green leaf on young plants.

So I did take one leaf to sniff and taste. 

As soon as I have a good growing spot, I will be adding Thai basil.

Do you use Thai basil in your cooking?

Charlotte