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Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum 'Liquorice'
Alternative Names: Anise Basil

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Ocimum basilicum 'Liquorice'


  • Annual
  • Liquorice basil is a modern variant of Thai Basil, also known as Anise Basil and can grow up to 60cm tall.
  • It produces lovely, flavourful green leaves and bears spikes of dark rose-coloured flowers.
  • It can be grown in containers.

Culinary Uses

  • Liquorice basil has a very strong liquorice and anise flavour.
  • It also has a warm, spicy, cinnamon-like aroma with just a hint of cloves that lends itself to dishes where a sweet, spicy taste is sought such as fruit salads, chutney, sweet-and-sour dishes and chicken marinades.
  • Popular in Vietnamese & Thai cooking.

Parts Used

  • Both the leaves and flowers are edible.
  • Can be used fresh or dried.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Liquorice Basil can be used for treating the common cold, flu, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, earaches, headaches, upset stomachs, heart disease and fever.

Other Uses

  • Liquorice Basil is an excellent mosquito repellent.
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