Basil is one of the most widely recognized herbs in the world, by scent or appearance. This member of the mint family is excellent fresh or dried in a variety of foods, especially tomato-based dishes.
Blends well with many other herbs and spices, especially thyme, oregano, rosemary, sage and black pepper.
In addition to Italian foods, basil is widely used in Asian cuisine. In Thai cooking, for example, the herb is added vegetable stir-fries. Basil’s flavor profile is particularly suited to dishes that contain cabbage, peppers and eggplant. It’s also an excellent seasoning for dishes that feature tofu or fish.