The taste of sweet basil is like a bouquet with hints of mint, clove, and licorice. It's widely used in the cuisines of India, Southeast Asia, and, of course, the Mediterranean. The Greeks referred to it as the "royal herb." Try it in soups, stews, and sauces. Or chop it up raw and add to egg dishes, salads, and dips.
Please note: This basil arrives as a live plant, and if you're so inclined, you could pot it in some soil and keep it that way! Quick tips for tending to your basil plant:
- Find a good pot — six inches in diameter or larger at the mouth — with drainage holes.
- Fill the space not occupied by the root structure with potting soil.
- Pick a spot that gets good natural light for between 6 and 8 hours a day.
- Keep the soil moist but not wet.