An ode to a little known herb, Tree Basil or Bai Yira

One of the beautiful things about living in Southeast Asia is its treasure trove of ingredients. There are interlocking layers of ingredients based on whether one is urban or rural, which part of a given country, and then entirely unique palettes of flavors, combinations, histories and ingredients used from country to country. Being based in Thailand puts us in the center of a cross section of these cultures, tastes and ecosystems. Seven Spoons will be highlighting unique and lesser known ingredients from Southeast Asia – particularly ingredients in remote and often indigenous farming areas, buried in memories of older generations and with a special focus on food products from forests that have long sustained people in the region. There are several reasons why we’re doing this. First, in order to add value to supply chains supporting local producers and biodiversity.…

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