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Basil, common name for any annual plant of the mint family, It was known as the herb of kings in ancient times. In fact, its name may have been derived from the Greek word basileus, meaning "king", it is also called Sweet Basil it is a sweet herb used for fragrance and as a seasoning for food.

Basil is native to India and Iran with varieties like the small-leaf common basil, the larger leaf Italian basil, and the large lettuce-leaf basil grown in many warm climates. Average height of the basil plant is about 30cm high. The dried large-leaf varieties have a fragrant aroma faintly reminiscent of anise, and a warm, sweet, aromatic, mildly pungent flavor. The dried leaves of the common basil are less fragrant and more pungent in flavor. Basil is widely grown as a kitchen herb and used fresh or dried to flavor meats, fish, salads, and sauces. Tea made from basil leaves is a stimulant.

Basil goes well with other herbs, spices, and flavorings, especially thyme, garlic, oregano, and lemon.


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