One of the most popular herbs in
America, basil was virtually unknown outside of Southern Europe 30
years ago. Basil adds a sharp sweet flavor to many Italian and
Thai dishes. Known as a tomato's best friend, it is also delicious
on chicken, fish, pasta, stew, salads and vegetables.
Basil should be added in
the last 10 minutes of cooking as heat will dissipate its sweet,
rich flavor. California Basil is a little stronger than the French,
due mainly to better dehydration technology, though the French basil
has a bit of anise flavor many people enjoy.