Most folks are starting to use up their home-grown basil during the last days of summer. Here at DLM, we have carried fresh basil for years. What I should say is that we carry sweet basil. The kind I think most of us are familiar with – wide, tender leaves with a delicate “green” flavor.
It’s hard to believe – but did you know there are over 100 varieties of basil out there?
New this week is our ongoing commitment to carry Thai basil at all 3 stores. Have you tried this stuff? I love using it in my home cooking because it has a crisp citrusy flavor that regular basil does not give. I think the flavor of Thai basil flavors is a good mixture of basil, mint, and citrus mixed all together in one herb. Others say it adds an herbal licorice flavor. Hands down – it is bolder and spicier than sweet basil.
It’s fabulous to use whenever you need that hit of fresh basil. Right now, I can’t get enough of it on our local heirloom tomatoes topped with creamy burrata cheese. Try it next time you need basil. I think you will love the different nuances this variety offers!