Basil, also called Saint-Joseph’s-wort, is a herb with a slightly sweet but savory taste. Fresh basil can also have a hint of mint.
When picking basil make sure that it is vibrant and green. It should not have any dark spots or decay. You can store basil by layering it with damp paper towels and placing it in a plastic bag in the fridge. It can last up to four days like this.
Basil is the primary ingredient in a pesto. It is also great for adding a splash of brightness to any pasta dish. When using basil, be sure to add it at the last second so the flavor stays intact.
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