Basil is native to India where it is considered sacred.
The name "basil" is from the Greek derivative "basileus" for "king" and is known worldwide as the
"king of herbs".
In the United States, California is a major producer.
Fresh basil's leaves offer a distinct taste and an intense aroma.
Warm and sweet, the spicy robust flavor combines anise, clove and mint.
Basil especially loves tomatoes and is a must in pesto.
Toss in mixed green salads, Pizza, lasagna, spaghetti and gazpacho benefit from this herb's snappy
Enhance green beans, eggplant, squash and corn, spread basil-Parmesan-garlic butter on steamed ears
Add basil to pastas, soups, potatoes, bread and pasta dough, eggplant, zucchini, omelets, stir-fries,
sandwiches and pates.
Basil is said to improve the immune and digestive systems as well as the cardiovascular system.
It is reported to aid in the treatment of various forms of cancer and rid the body of certain bacteria.
Applied topically, it relieves the discomfort of insect bites.