Basil in wooden bowl

Ocimum basilicum

Origin: Southeast Asia and Central Africa

Varieties: Sweet basil, Thai basil, Lemon basil, Holy basil.

Flavour: A combination of mint, ground pepper and anise with a hint of sweetness.

Uses: Pesto, dessert.

Dishes: Pizza(Margherita), pesto, fish and seafood dishes, stuffed mushrooms with basil, basil ice cream.

Compliments: Garlic, mint, bay leaf, marjoram, oregano, savory, thyme, chives, parsley, dill.

Substitutes for Basil: Oregano, thyme, tarragon, savory, cilantro.

Whether you are adding a small amount of Basil to your favourite tomato sauce or a larger amount of Basil for your go–to pesto, these will enhance your recipes with no disappointments.

Basil in wooden bowl