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Pantry Profile: Basil {Ocimum basilicum}

Bright green, tall, and aromatic, basil is a beauty. An ancient plant with a long history and strange folklore, its sweet, peppery flavor has been used for centuries in cuisine and medicine. Basil is native to Africa and Southeast Asia and was eventually cultivated in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Roman scholar Pliny the Elder described basil’s {now well-known}

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Basil: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

Basil (Ocimum basilicum), also known as Saint Joseph’s Wort, is a herb belonging to the mint family – Lamiaceae. It is often used as a seasoning in cooking. Basil is native to India and other tropical areas of Asia. The herb is well known for its use in Italian cuisine – it is one of the primary ingredients in pesto sauce. Basil

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