The National Restaurant Association’s annual “What’s Hot” report is here, and we have the scoop on one of the hottest food trends – uncommon herbs. So to hop on board the trend, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser-known herbs. From Thai Basil to winter savory, these herbs will add fresh flavor to your everyday cooking. So if you’re feeling a little adventurous, scroll through the slideshow to learn how to use them in your next meal.
Native to Southeast Asia, this unique basil plant is primarily used for Thai-inspired dishes. With small, narrow leaves and bright purple stems, Thai basil is more stable under high or extended cooking temperatures than its sweeter counterpart. With smaller leaves than sweet basil, Thai basil has a licorice taste that adds a mild kick to most dishes. This herb is rising in popularity and pairs wonderfully with chicken dishes.
Try it with our Grilled Eggplant Caprese recipe.