Thai basil is a type of sweet basil native to Southeast Asia that has been cultivated to provide distinctive traits. Thai basil exhibits small, narrow leaves and purple stems, with a mauve (pink-purple) flower. This herb is often eaten raw as a herb in Thailand & Vietnam, served on a platter of fresh herbs which are added to lettuce wrappers for spring rolls, or nibbled with raw vegetables and a spicy dip. The basil is also widely use for cooking stir-fry meat dishes.