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Are basil and licorice related?
Last Updated: 28th April, 2021
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Keeping this in consideration, why does basil smell like licorice?
For example, Thai basil, a.k.a. anise basil, tastes like extremely strong licorice because it contains anethol, wich is the exact same chemical that make anise smell like black licorice.
Subsequently, question is, is black licorice made from basil? But as I know now, black licorice is only the extreme end of a spectrum that reaches from fennel to Thai basil to anise seed to tarragon, from mild to pungent. The flavor of licorice has many colors, and not all of them are so dark.
Thereof, is Licorice made from basil?
Licorice basil, a Western strain of Thai basil, is also known as anise basil as it has distinctive anise flavored qualities and aromatics. It is a lanky plant with pointed green leaves and signature burgundy tinted spiked flowers. Both the leaves and the flowers are edible.
Is Sweet Basil and Basil the same thing?
The most common basil is 'Genovese basil' (Ocimum basilicum), which is often referred to as sweet basil. The two names are interchangeable. Sweet or Genovese basil both grow in U. S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 10 and above as perennials.