Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum
Basil is an herb belonging to the mint family – Lamiaceae. It is often used as a seasoning in cooking. Basil’s proposed health benefits include reducing inflammation, plus anti-aging and antibacterial properties.
If a kitchen has only a few herbs in its possession, basil will likely be one of them. Its fragrant essence combines well with rosemary and thyme in meat dishes, fish, vegetables, cheese, soup and eggs, and is one of the main ingredients in pesto, along with pine nuts and parmesan cheese.