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Original from India, basil gets it's name from the Greek word Basilikos. Basil is characterized by strong sweet flavor which is slightly acidic, and large flat leafs. Commonly used in Italian cooking Basil goes well with a multitude of dishes but is most commonly paired with tomatoes.         Basil Variety: Purple Basil, many variety of Sweet Basil, Dark opal, Indian Basil, bush Basil Part use: stems, leaves and flowers Actions: stimulant, digestive, tonic, antiseptic   Apothecary   Internally: Good to use for settling upset stomach,... read more › Cooking Terms