Basil is an herb, which basically means itís used as a spice. It comes from a green plant that doesnít look too terribly different than spinach. Basil is most popular in Italy and Asia, but still enjoys a fairly wide distribution throughout the world. The artist depicted Oscar Wildeís The Picture of Dorian Gray is named after this herb.
Basil tastes great. If anything, it adds a flavor to a dish that tells the eater that the preparer takes cooking a little more serious than most, and decided to throw in a little something special. Basil is a primary component in pesto.
Basil became an official snack on June 27th 2012.