Anise Basil


Anise basil has a clear anise flavor overlaying the characteristic basil scent with a hint of bitterness. It is usually used in Southeast Asian cooking.

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Did You Know?
Persian basil is also known as Anise basil. It has silvery leaves and spicey licorice smell that comes from the same chemical as in anise, anethole.

Although there are an estimated 50 to 150 species of basil, most, but not all culinary basils are cultivars of O. basilicum, or sweet basil. Some are cultivars of other basil species, and others are hybrids.

It is particularly challenging to determine which species a basil belongs to. This is because basil cross-breeds easily, and drawing boundaries between species is particularly difficult. In fact, recent studies have led to reclassification of some portions of the genus.