03 Nov 2009

Basil is named from the Greek word basilikon which means 'kingly, and has an almost mystical reputation in some cultures. Most of us know sweet green basil, but other common varieties include purple basil and 'minimm' or Greek basil, which has tiny green leaves. All three have a rich, peppery flavour; although other varieties such as lemon-, anise- and cinnamon-scented basils are also popular.

Use: With tomatoes and tomato dishes, egg dishes, lamb chops, eggplant, peas, squash, in salads and as a garnish. Crushed or chopped they become the main seasoning in soups, grain and rice dishes. Their most famed use is in the classic Italian pesto sauce.



Acidulated water

2009-11-03 11:55 publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.