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Basil is an ingredient used in Indian cooking

Also known as: 

Thai basil, Sweet Basil


Basil is originally native to India.  The  scientific name for the culinary herb is Ocimum basilicum, of the family Lamiaceae, sometimes known as Saint Joseph's Wort in some English-speaking countries. Basil was also used to embalm Egyptian mummies. The leaves are highly aromatic and has a pleasant spicy odour. Most of the basil varieties are grown as ornamental plants. In Italy this plant is considered as a symbol of love.

Commonly used in: 

Basil is commonly used fresh, in cooked recipes. Both the leaves and their essential oil are used as flavouring agents. Basil leaves have high medicinal value.

Health Benefits: 

Reduce inflammation and swelling. They are rich in antioxidants. Basil has properties that can help prevent the harmful effects of aging. Basil boosts the immune system.

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