- Basil (Ocimum Basilicum) is a herb with spicy overtones of aniseed and is strongly associated with Italian cooking.
- Basil complements – tomatoes, green vegetables, salads, soups, eggs, fish, cheese, lamb, pizza and pasta sauces.
- Basil is delicious with tomatoes, cooked or as a salad.
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Basil should have a good fresh green color preserved by careful drying at temperatures of less than 110°F. The dried herb should retain its aniseed flavour. Methyl Chavicol is the principal flavour – giving volatile oil.
- For salads make a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice with Schwartz Minced Garlic and a sprinkling of Basil, salt and pepper.
- Bake whole baby courgettes in olive oil, chopped tomato and Basil.
- Add a teaspoon or two of Basil to tomato sauce and soups such as gazpacho.
- Sprinkle Basil onto pizzas and pasta, together with Oregano, for an authentic Italian flavour.
- Sprinkle a mixture of Basil, salt, Cumin and Coriander onto lamb chops before grilling.