Basil is an herb that is commonly used in cooking for its strong, sweet, and slightly spicy flavor. It is a member of the mint family and has a distinctive aroma that is often described as peppery and slightly minty.
The leaves of the basil plant are typically dark green and are oval or lance-shaped, with a slightly toothed edge. The plant grows to be around 1-2 feet tall and produces small, white or pink flowers in the summer months.
Basil is a popular ingredient in Italian, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine, and is commonly used in dishes such as pasta sauces, pesto, salads, and curries. It is also often used as a garnish for soups and stews.
Basil is easy to grow and can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It prefers warm, sunny locations and well-drained soil. It is a relatively low maintenance plant and can be harvested throughout the growing season.