Genus: Ociminum Species: Basilicum Family: Labiatae
Basil is one of the most important culinary herbs.
Most popularly found in Italian dishes but also found in Asian & fusion cuisine.
Basil comes in many varieties with different overtones such as lemon, cinnamon, and spicy.
It goes well with many other herbs like parsley, rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage, and saffron.
In the Landscape
Basil is an attractive addition to the flower or perennial garden. An annual, most grow between
8-24 inches high with an attractive shape if kept clipped. It is easy to grow in most climes but timing is key to success in warm climes as it will die out in hot summer sun.
In the Kitchen
Basil is a mainstay in the Italian kitchen, making it’s way into spaghetti sauce, pesto sauce, or a chunky ragu.
Or simply a butter, basil & garlic sauce that pairs well with any grilled meats or fish.
As an appetizer, add dried basil, garlic, salt & pepper to olive oil for a delicious bread dip.