Basil - How To Use

(Also known as Great Basil)


Basil is a native of India, where one variety is considered a sacred plant. It is a particularly fragrant herb with a delicate, almost liquorice-like flavour. Part of the mint family, it means "Royal" or "Kingly" in Latin translation. 


Basil is an excellent source of Vitamin K, manganese with a source of copper, vitamin A and C.

Interesting Facts

  • The ancient Egyptians used basil for embalming mummies. In India, it was considered an antidote against snakebites. 

Chief Flavour Compound

Eugenol: (medicinal, woody and warming) colourless dull yellow fragrant oil-based liquid, also found in cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and bay leaf. The flavour of basil is a steadiness between mint, star anise and pepper.

Blends to try with Basil

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