Although it is traditionally used in Laotian, Malasian, Thai, Persian and Moroccan dishes, lemon basil can be used to flavor any dish where its lemony flavor would be appropriate (including creamy desserts like ice cream). Like most other basil varieties, lemon basil is best used raw or added near the very end of the cooking process to protect its flavor.
Try using it to bring bright lemon flavor to your pesto recipes without using lemon juice (which will ruin conventional pesto’s color).
All basil varieties are very delicate, and bruise easily. As such, we recommend using the leaves whole, tearing them, or using a chiffonade cut.
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