Even during the ancient times, people have viewed basil with high regard. This aromatic spice plant is called “the king of herbs”. Some refer to it as the “royal herb”. It is known for its various medicinal, decorative, and culinary uses. Basil comes in more than 150 different types and appears in various colors, each variant leaving a unique flavor signature. Many restaurants in Texas highlight the savory elegance of a wide array of dishes from Thai cooking to the Mediterranean to modern fusion, all made possible by the exquisite use of basil.
Species: O. basilicum
Binomial Name: Ocimum basilicum
- Basil was unknown in the United States until the British brought basil here in 1621. The first to use it in the US are residents of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
- Ancient Romans and Greeks scream and shout when planting basil. They believe this is necessary for the plant to grow.
- Such power was attributed to the basil plant that it was believed that each leaf can transform into a scorpion over time.
- Basil over roses? Why not especially if you are in Italy. Here, basil is a symbol of love.