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Basil

Basil

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 plays a major role in Southeast Asian cuisines of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos as well as the cuisine of Taiwan. Depending on the species and cultivar, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with ... more on Wikipedia

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