Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

  • A half hardy annual plant
  • Leaves are round with pointed ends
  • Basil has been cultivated for over 5000 years
  • Culinary herb featured in Italian cuisine as well as Southeast Asian foods
  • The word “basil” comes from the Greek βασιλεύς (basileus), meaning “king”
  • The main ingredient in pesto (basil, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese)


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