Petite® Licorice Basil
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This item was last sold on : 04/07/22
Petite® Licorice Basil is small in size, averaging 10-12 centimeters in length, and has elongated, lanceolate-shaped leaves that are connected to short, slender stems. The dark green leaves have a glossy sheen and are splashed with purple hues on the underside. The leaves also taper to a point and have a prominent central vein that branches out into many smaller veins across the surface. The stems are thin and crisp with dark purple and green hues. Petite® Licorice Basil is juicy, tender, and extremely aromatic with an anise flavor mixed with a hint of tarragon, clove, and notes of fresh green spice.
Petite® Licorice Basil is available year-round.
Petite® Licorice Basil is the young version of the Asian herb and is a part of a trademarked line of specialty greens grown by Fresh Origins Farm in San Diego, California. Designed to be slightly larger than microgreens, Petite® Licorice Basil is harvested 4-6 weeks after sowing. Petite® Licorice Basil is a western Thai basil variety that is known for its distinct anise flavor and aroma and is primarily used as a garnish to accent flavors in a variety of culinary dishes.
Petite® Licorice Basil contains potassium, calcium, antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and vitamins A, C, K, and E.
Petite® Licorice Basil greens are best suited for raw applications and are most commonly used fresh, as a garnish. Licorice basil is predominately used in Asian noodle, soup, stir-fry, curry, and rice dishes, but the petite version has a more tender and delicate consistency allowing it also to be used in salads, pasta, fish dishes, cocktails, desserts, and to even flavor candy. Petite® Licorice Basil pairs well with eggplant, mushrooms, snap peas, corn, bell pepper, green beans, carrots, onion, garlic, fennel, meats such as turkey, chicken, pork, and beef, shellfish, fish sauce, soy sauce, chile peppers, red curry paste, and coconut milk-based soups. They will keep 7-10 days when stored unwashed, in a sealed container, and in the refrigerator.
Thai basil is heavily used in Vietnamese, Thai, Lao, Cambodian, and Taiwanese cuisine and is known for being sprinkled on top of the Vietnamese noodle soup phô. The mature herb is slightly crushed or shredded and placed on the surface of the soup to be consumed with each bite. It is added continually as the soup is eaten to preserve the fresh flavor of the basil without it cooking or sinking to the bottom of the bowl. Petite® basil greens can also be used in place of the mature herb and do not need to be crushed or shredded to extract flavor. There are many different varieties of Thai basil and depending on the region and location in the world; each basil may have a slightly different flavor and aroma. In addition to food, licorice basil has also been used in Southeast Asia to help reduce symptoms of the common cold and acts as a natural mosquito repellent when applied topically.
Licorice basil is native to India and Persia where it has been cultivated since ancient times and was then spread across the world with explorers and immigrants. Petite® Licorice Basil was created by Fresh Origins Farm in San Diego, California in the 1990s-2000s when the micro and Petite® Greens trend exploded in popularity as a new a modern take on garnishes with robust flavors. Today Petite® Licorice Basil can be found through select partners of Fresh Origins, such as Specialty Produce, and are available across the United States.