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Basil, Thai basil, or sweet basil, is a common name for the culinary herb Ocimum basilicum of the family Lamiaceae, sometimes known as Saint Joseph's Wort in some English-speaking countries. Basil is possibly native to India, and has been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years, It was thoroughly familiar to Greek authors Theophrastus and Dioscorides. It is a half-hardy annual plant, best known as a culinary herb prominently featured in Italian cuisine, and also ...

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