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Basil is a culinary herb prominently featured in Italian cuisine, and also plays a major role in the Northeast Asian cuisine of Taiwan and the Southeast Asian cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Depending on the species and cultivar, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell.

Culinary uses: It is generally added at the last moment, as cooking quickly destroys the flavour. One very popular use of basil is with tomatoes, and this combination can form the basis of many tempting dishes. Basil is equally successful in cheese and egg dishes, and provides a happy accompaniment for more insipid vegetables. It often features in Italian cooking where it gives life to pizzas and pasta-based meals, while a combination of garlic and basil is memorable in spaghetti sauces and in rich meat sauces. It is certainly worthwhile to sprinkle some basil into rice and vegetable salads, and as with many herbs, it is delicious combined with cream cheese in sandwiches.

Historical uses: They are used for their medicinal properties in Ayurveda, the traditional medicinal system of India and Siddha medicine, a traditional Tamil system of medicine. They are also used as popular drinks in Southeast Asia.

Herbal Remedies:
In addition to its other attributes, basil is said to cure gout and ease migraines.

Storage: Basil will keep for up to 2 years when stored in an airtight container.

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