This spice is also known as sweet basil, a member of the mint family. It comes to us from California where the world's finest basil is grown. Basil has a delicate flavor that accents nearly every food including chicken, fish, pasta, tomato dishes, stews, salads and vegetables. Heat is tough on basil, so add at the end of the cooking process to maintain its delicate flavor.
Basil tastes great in tomato and pasta dishes but it is also gives a sweet scented, minty aroma when crumbled over baked chicken, lamb, or fish. It blends well with garlic, thyme, and oregano. Basil is also a main ingredient in pesto. Crush dried leaves with your hand or in a mortar and pestle to release the herb's flavor. Start with 1/2 teaspoon for 4 servings; add more to taste.
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