Also called Sweet Basil, it is an essential herb in Mediterranean cooking. Basil is used in tomato sauce, pesto, or vinegars, but it also can be sprinkled over salads and sliced tomatoes, either whole or chopped. Strong and aromatic when raw,its taste sweetens when cooked.
Top whole basil leaves onto pizza, finish pasta with whole or thinly sliced leaves, blend it into sauces, puree it into soups, use it to garnish avocado toast or turn it into an ice cream topping!
Basil pairs nicely with a wide variety of seasonal veggies. Just chop and toss into your favorite salad.
The beautiful thing about basil is that it’s naturally sweet, so adding it to desserts isn’t too much of a stretch.
For the most intense flavor, fresh basil should be added at the end of the cooking process. Prolonged heat will cause basil's volatile oils to dissipate.